RAWALPINDI - Amid opposition protest, the Rawal Town Council (RTC) on Monday approved Rs 710.761 million budget for fiscal year 2009-10. Rawal Town Naib Nazim Chaudhry Farooq Azam presided over the budget session, which was held at the Jinnah Hall of Town Municipal Administration (TMA) Building. Rawal Town Nazim Sheikh Rashid Shafique presented the budget. While delivering his budget speech, Rawal Town Nazim Sheikh Shafique informed the House that Rs 456.195 million development expenditures had been estimated while non-development expenditures would be Rs 254.566 million. He said that for the first time, there was no development scheme or project included in the budget. The city is presenting bad look as Punjab government had imposed ban on launching new development schemes in the city, he added. Rashid Shafique informed the House that TMA had allocated Rs 170 million for the development schemes and these schemes would be launched at any cost. He said that the development schemes to the tune of Rs 2 million each in all 46 union councils of the city would be launched. He said that the Rs 20 million have been allocated for the improvement of parks and Rs 1 million for streetlights and Rs 130.135 million for Citizen Community Board (CCB) schemes. Coming hard on Punjab government, the nazim said that provincial government had imposed ban on utilising development funds. Slaughter House Project is yet to be completed despite the fact that Rawal Town had already paid Rs 50 million to the City District Government for its construction. RTMA also paid Rs 2.4 million to Pakistan Railways as rent of land during last two years, he added. He urged the federal government for earlier completion of the Mother and Child Hospital Project, which had been started three years ago. He said that Rawal Town had no objection if the Rose Cinema would be handed over to DHQ Hospital. He said that after the transfer of major revenue resources to the city district government and an increase in the salaries and pensions of employees, it would be very difficult for the town administration to present a surplus budget next year. While commenting on poor condition of the road, he criticiSed the Rawalpindi Environmental Improvement Project (REIP) for digging up the roads and alleged that the agency did this without getting NOC from Rawal Town. He said that the RTC members also launched 308 development projects, including installation of 70 filtration plants, 28 tube wells and construction of new roads with the estimated cost of Rs 436 million. He said that all the members would oppose the provincial governments bid to transfer the procession of old TMA offices at Fawara Chowk and General Bus Stand Pirwadhai to CDGR and parks to Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA).