Hyderabad: Deprecating the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s decision to avail a loan of Rs 600 crores for financing the Total Infrastructure Provisions (TIP) in the select colonies and to hike the Property Tax by five per cent, the corporators of the Telugu Desam Party staged a dharna in front of the GHMC, here on Friday.
Speaking to the media here, the party corporator and Floor leader, Mr Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy, has said that the decision of the GHMC to avail a loan and later get it paid by the public was dreadful. “Instead of availing the government grants, the Standing Committee was imposing unwarranted burden on the common man who could not be vindicated by any means”, he added. He also said that the Property Tax to the tune of Rs 530 crores, of which around 80 per cent i.e Rs 234 crores was from the out of the core area, was being accrued to GHMC, so that there was no need for it to hike the Property Tax by five per cent.
Referring to the GHMC decision to develop infrastructure in some select localities, Mr Reddy alleged that all these areas fall under the stronghold of the MIM and the decision to take up works in these areas was only aimed at appeasing that party. He also pointed out that some areas like Kukatpally, Kapra and Patancheru were lagging behind compared to some localities like Jubilee Hills or Banjara Hills. He also alleged that of the Rs 600 crore loan, the GHMC would earmark some amount towards buying two Innova vehicles. When the GHMC already having 224 vehicles, what was the need to buy new vehicles, he asked.
Faulting the nod given by the GHMC Standing Committee to avail a loan and hike the Property Tax, he said that as per Section 198 of the GHMC Act of 1955, the Corporation was the only competent authority to fix or levy taxes. Mr Reddy also warned that the TDP would resort to massive agitations and impede the functioning of Zonal Commissioner Offices, if the GHMC failed roll back its controversial decisions. (NSS)