The city unit of the CPI (M) has made light of the celebration by the officials of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) after receiving the ‘Best City Award' under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The party wanted the VMC to release a white paper on the projects sanctioned under the JNNURM.
Vijayawada was adjudged the best city among the 65 cities implementing the JNNURM. Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu, a couple of days ago, received the award in New Delhi.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, CPI (M) State committee member Ch. Babu Rao said that the people were frowning on the poor services being provided by the corporation, while the officials were rejoicing the receiving of the award. The people would like to know whether the city was adjudged the best city for its failure in implementing the schemes and projects sanctioned under the JNNURM or for levying user charges on garbage, he said.
‘Roads in bad shape'
The corporation utterly failed to meet the deadlines and complete the projects. Nearly a 500-km network of roads was in bad condition though Rs. 36.25 crores were sanctioned for restoration of the roads. The VMC could spend only Rs. 13.81 crores, including Rs. 3.91 crores during this financial year. Many of the projects, including housing, sanctioned under the JNNURM were sailing on the same boat, he said, adding that the VMC could spend only Rs. 671 crores as against the sanctioned Rs. 1,422-crore works under the JNNURM.
“The ruling Congress owes an explanation to the people. The VMC should release a white paper on the works sanctioned, the ones completed and those that are yet to be completed under the JNNURM,” he said.