VIJAYAWADA:Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana has asked the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation officials to speed up household survey, so that more assessees can be brought into tax net and the property tax collected can shore up revenues needed for taking up pending projects.
In a review meeting with VMC Mayor K Sridhar, Commissioner G Veerapandian and other officials, the Minister said funds needed for the 127 pending projects have to be raised by the VMC itself. The pending projects are estimated to cost Rs 139 crore.
Narayana had pointed out that the previous government had exempted around 25 per cent of the people of the city from property taxes and there are several loopholes that need to be addressed. He felt that when the household survey (only 37 per cent of the households were covered till date) is completed, the focus areas that need to be addressed will be revealed.
In regard to contingency measures for supply of drinking water during summer, he said the Chief Minister will shortly convene a meeting and necessary action plan will be readied.