After a gap of six months and nearly a year after it had conducted any official business, the GHMC’s elected council is slated to meet on Thursday.
To be presided over by Mayor B. Kartika Reddy, the council would decide whether citizens have to shell out an extra five per cent in property tax for improving civic amenities under the total infrastructure plan. The municipal corporation intends to take Rs.600 crore loan from the State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) to fund several works like roads, drainage, sewerage, etc..
To service the loan to be taken in instalments, Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu has proposed levying an additional five per cent property tax.
It got cleared by the Standing Committee and now awaits the council nod. The issue has generated much heat with corporators from the suburbs demanding the loan be utilised for developing basic amenities in the erstwhile municipalities rather than take up projects in the core city.
Altogether, there are 71 proposals passed by the committee and awaiting the council approval as any project of more than Rs.50 lakh must be forwarded to the elected body. But, the first subject on the agenda is swearing in of the newly elected corporator from Kukatpally circle, Telugu Desam’s D. Venkata Swarajyam.
She is the widow of D. Sobhanadri, the sitting corporator who died, few months ago. The oath taking would be followed by the question and answer session likely to be stormy one and then the pending resolutions.
The meeting is also being held amidst excitement and debate about Mayor B. Kartika Reddy’s future in the hot seat.
She would be completing two years soon and as per the pact her party, the Congress had with its ally – the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), the post for the next two years should go to the latter.
While nothing is being officially put out by both the parties, political grapevine says that she may have to give way. But, sources close to the Mayor insist that the final word has to come from the party high command though she was not inclined to go against the party line.
Meanwhile, GHMC has decided to conduct health camps in coordination with the district health authorities to combat dengue and create awareness about the ill-effects of the communicable diseases. Ms. Reddy said the standing committee had cleared Rs. 37.5 crore for road repairs to be completed before the year end. Hindu