CC roads, drains to be laid with the grants released by government

A town known for one of the innovative institutions set up by former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy – IIIT set up under Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies – is otherwise silent and with good network of internal cement concrete roads.

While some of the colonies closer to the main road have this luxury others on the outskirts face problems during rainy season and they have a good news with the State government spending Rs.72.85 lakh on CC Roads and drains. Meanwhile, works on laying roads with an investment of Rs.1 crore have been grounded by the Public Health Department with the grants sanctioned under Jal Cyclone Relief Fund.

At Ahzaraiahpet CSI Boys Hostel to Kalapala Yedukondalu's house, in NTR Colony, Nehrupeta to Ashirvadam and near Station Thota School these roads will be laid for which process of e-procurement and tendering has begun, Municipal Commissioner I.V. Ramana told The Hindu. The municipal office will get a new building at a cost of Rs.25 lakh, though a lot of greenery and free space will be lost. E-procurement for roads has begun with Rs.28.33 lakh and another Rs.16.89 lakh works estimates were ready to be grounded by March.

In the annual budget of Rs.10 crore the municipality gets Rs.1.5 crore from property tax through 9,500 households, Rs.50 lakh from water assessments, Rs.1 crore from stamp duty, Rs.25 lakh from entertainment tax, and Rs.2 crore from statutory grants from the government, Mr. Ramana explains, which makes it easy for the municipality to take up development works on the outskirts where the poor reside.

The municipality has 4.5 acres on the Nuzvid Agiripalli Road, where it dumps all its solid waste, but a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Yuvaraj Power Generations, who would take away some of the useful solid waste for their use. Segregation of the solid waste has been introduced only in first four wards, but is not effective or useful, says the Municipal Commissioner.

About 110 persons man the sanitation works in the town with two tractors and 11 autorickshaws deployed to carry the waste. There are 14 drivers who take care of these vehicles.