VIJAYAWADA: CPM city secretary Ch Babu Rao demanded immediate allotment of Rs 1,000 crore by the government for the city’s development.
The CPM leader told newsmen here that their party was going to put forth various issues under the corporation purview during the first municipal council meeting after the election of mayor on July 3.
He pointed out that Rs 300-crore construction works in the city had been stalled due to lack of funds. “Several projects such as housing schemes in Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) have been pending for lack of funds. The government should immediately take up the stalled welfare activities and propel the city’s development,” he said.
He urged the corporation to review the decisions taken during the 45-month special officer period and scrap the schemes which are a burden on the public. He observed that an annual increment of 7 per cent on the drinking water and drainage charges, and also the tax on garbage which is an additional burden of Rs 9 crore on people should be withdrawn.
Babu Rao also said that they would propose issues such as revoking privatisation of marriage halls, BC, SC, ST welfare programmes in the first corporation council meeting. “Even though we have less representation this time, we will fight for the public. Welfare and social justice should be the main objectives of the civic body,” he explained.