Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Passing the Guntur Municipal Corporation budget proposals in the general council is the first task before Mayor Rayapati Mohan Sai Krishna and this could happen as early as May 15 or 20 to ensure quick beginning of several works that got stalled due to lack of budgetary approvals.

The Mayor, however, takes over at a time when the GMC was in a comfortable position with regard to funds and revenue collection was very good. The BPS scheme was likely to yield Rs.20 crores with deadline approaching fast.

The GMC also proposes to begin a fresh awareness drive on the scheme and get more number of people apply for it by paying 50 per cent of the prescribed fee as per court orders.

Municipal Commissioner Siddhartha Jain also attended the office after a gap of one week (after recovering from illness) and held review meetings with heads of various sections to ascertain the latest position on every front.

A meeting of the Mayor was arranged in the Dinausor Hall in Gandhi Park with municipal officials to brief him latest on BPS, Indiramma, Sanitation, Water Supply, Drainage, and public grievance redressal.

There were complaints of water not reaching colonies on the fringes -- Vikas Nagar, Tarakarama Nagar, SVN Colony and many others in the Guntur-I Assembly Constituency area.

Many of the water tankers, which had been deployed in the summer of 2006-07, were not paid contractual amounts. The Municipal Commissioner said that the GMC had made some payments and requested all of them to redeploy the vehicles to meet the summer need with an assurance that money would be paid in time now as there was no dearth of funds and new Mayor was in place.