VISAKHAPATNAM:Municipal Administration and Urban Development minister P Narayana has directed Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner Pravin Kumar to adopt technology for efficient collection of property tax, though as a pilot project initially, so as to ensure timely collection of tax and to enhance revenue. Officials pointed out that the municipal commissioner had commendably cleared all eight months-long pending bills and collected additional property tax to the tune of `80 crore.
At a review meeting with HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, all the key officials of GVMC and MLAs here Sunday, Narayana told the officials to convene periodical meetings with the elected representatives on developmental works, welfare programmes, status of various works and action-taken reports on various issues.
The government will soon generate power from the garbage at Kapuluppada dumping yard in the city, on the lines of Jindal Group’s waster-to-energy power plant in New Delhi, as the Union government had already directed the state government to take necessary steps in this regard. The government also decided to introduce English medium in all GVMC schools and discussions were in progress with the HRD ministry, he informed.
Ganata Srinivasa Rao ordered the officials to complete the Bus Rapid Transport System project at the earliest and supply drinking water to areas where water scarcity had been reported. MLAs V Ramakrishna Babu, B Satyanarayana Murthy, P Vishnu Kumar Raju, V Ganesh Kumar, PVGR Naidu, Palla Srinivasa Rao and P Govind Satyanarayana raised several issues and asked the officials to complete the ongoing projects to take up fresh works.
Earlier, the GVMC commissioner gave a presentation on the status of various projects, action plans and issues. All the zonal commissioners and departmental heads were present.