VIJAYAWADA: The YSR Congress corporators staged a protest in front of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) Wednesday demanding rollback of exorbitantly increased water and drainage charges. About 17 corporators staged a sit-in and raised slogans against 7 per cent hike in water and property taxes.
Speaking at the dharna site, corporator Chandana Suresh said that over the past three years water charges, property taxes and drainage charges have increased 400 per cent. As there was no elected body, under special officer rule taxes were hiked steeply putting severe burden on people. It is unfortunate that even after forming a new council of elected representatives, charges burden has increased once again, without being sensitive to people’s problems.
He flayed the TDP government and the mayor for increasing the charges. He demanded a helping hand to the VMC by the state government. The VMC does not have much scope for generating revenue as in the case of Hyderabad or Vizag municipal corporations. Chandana Suresh announced that the YSRC would take up the issue of charges in the ensuing council meeting and urged their TDP counterparts to come along with them in the fight to decrease the charges.