Correspondent

‘Hike notices served without council knowledge’

CPI(M) member wants the hike withdrawn

TDP members complain of poor sanitation

Kakinada: The municipal council at its meeting here on Thursday witnessed protest from ward members over serving of the demand notices hiking the property tax abnormally without the knowledge of the council. ` The authorities fail to take the elected members into confidence before serving notices hiking the property tax. No scientific procedure is followed in hiking the existing tax. They fail to observe the normal procedure of placing before the council the relevant GO or the circular for recording’ said almost all the ward members cutting across party lines.

Gollamudi Nageswerarao, the lone member from the CPI (M) who raised the issue demanding that the officials uphold the dignity of the council and the members by duly informing them of important policy matters, went up to the extent of moving an unofficial resolution seeking withdrawal of the proposed tax hike. However, it could not be carried, as the members were advised against such action by Mayor K Saroja.

Municipal Revenue Officer N V Prasada Rao while replying to the queries of agitated members on the issue said that the Government had advised that an informal meeting of the ward members to convened to explain them the procedure adopted for hiking the tax.

Earlier during question hour, the TDP members complained of poor sanitation blaming the officials of the inaction. They questioned the propriety in taking up desilting of drains during rainy season instead of summer. Many of the ward members wanted all the drains cleared of all the weeds especially the water hyacinth. They also expressed concern over the growing mosquito menace and poor sanitation. Intervening in the discussion, Commissioner A Sivakoti Prasad said a special sanitation drive was being launched in the city from September 1 under which night sanitation would be taken up in all the important streets and also desiltation of drains on a regular basis. He said fogging operations and anti-larva operations also would be initiated.