Staff Reporter

Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the controversy demanded

‘The council should be convened for a comprehensive discussion on the issue’

TDP was equally responsible for passing the resolution unanimously, says Stalin

VISAKHAPATNAM: Demanding a thorough inquiry into the “solid waste management scandal” in the GVMC raised by Deputy Mayor K. Dorabbai, the CPI accused Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao of misusing his power by not bringing a policy matter before the Municipal Council.

CPI city secretary and its floor leader in the GVMC A.J. Stalin and district assistant secretary Ch. Raghavendra Rao told reporters that it was not an internal matter of the Congress.

Mr. Stalin said the Deputy Mayor should clarify whether kickbacks were involved in giving permission to Coromandel Fertilizers to convert garbage into compost or the GVMC would suffer a loss. Either way, the Mayor was responsible for it, he said.

The party demanded a CBI probe into the controversy. Since it pertained to public property, the Deputy Mayor should hold a press conference and disclose details, Mr. Stalin demanded.

Mr. Dorabbai alleged a Rs.1,000 crore scam in solid waste management in the GVMC general body meeting on November 12.

The corporation was making available garbage to the company free though it was spending Rs.12 crores every year on transporting it to the dumping yard and the company making manure for sale was a purely commercial proposition. Besides, land was also sought to be given on lease.

The council should be convened for a comprehensive discussion on the issue, he demanded. Mr. Stalin said the TDP which had three members in the six-member standing committee was equally responsible for passing the resolution unanimously.

Agenda

Mr. Raghavendra Rao said the ITC collecting garbage from households in Zone III paying some money was included in the council agenda but the permission given for making compost was not put before the council.

Tax hike

The council should be taken into confidence to dispel doubts over the standing committee functioning and the permission for making compost should be cancelled. The TDP should also introspect on its silence in the standing committee.

Mr. Stalin said the proposed property tax hike was in contravention of the protective clause of the government that the hike should not go beyond certain percentage and revision should be effected every five years.

He recalled that the non-residential tax was revised in 2007 and the tax in the areas that merged in the corporation was revised after the formation of GVMC.