Non-fulfilment of mandatory reforms cited as reason

Not fulfilling the mandatory reforms as laid down for funding under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has led to stalling of release of funds from the Union Government to GVMC.

The Centre withholds 10 per cent of the funds for work completed as long as the urban local body does not fulfil them. So far Rs.140 crore for works completed under the seven-year urban mission have to be released to the corporation, according to sources in GVMC.

For the seven projects that GVMC wants to complete by March alone, the funds withheld by the Centre towards 10 per cent are a whopping Rs.57.17 crore.

While some of the reforms are to be initiated at the State-level, some that are to be initiated and implemented by the corporation have been fulfilled, it is learnt.

One of the reforms that the corporation has implemented is the Geographic Information System (GIS) for improving collection of property tax though full migration to the system has not been achieved.

“The GIS survey and physical verification have been completed and we have achieved a 32 per cent increase in revenue,” Additional Commissioner (Projects) K. Ramesh told The Hindu.

While double entry accounting norms have been achieved long time back, changing the e-governance project to SAP mode still remains to be done and awaits the Government’s approval.

The corporation, however, claims that it has earmarked 40 per cent of funds for the urban poor for the last six years of the urban mission.

User charges

Two major areas where the GVMC’s has not been able to make headway are collection of user charges for sewerage and total solid waste management. The corporation general body has passed a resolution for levy of 35 per cent of water tax towards sewerage tax. However, it remains to be implemented. Also ‘dust-bin free’ solid waste management had been implemented in six wards as a pilot project. “But the agency has left it midway through,” regretted a top official.

The GVMC has also approved a resolution handing over total solid waste management to Ramky Enviro Engineers but it awaits government approval and faces a stiff resistance from workers.

At the State-level, amendment to the Rent Control Act is one of the reforms to be brought out.

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