Staff Reporter

Guidelines on re-division of wards issued

  • Board to award scholarships for SC/ST students
  • Nod for 98-lakh new drinking water pipeline

    HYDERABAD: Preparations for a fresh election to the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) later this year are gathering steam with detailed guidelines for re-division of the seven wards in the SCB into eight arriving from the Centre here on Friday.

    As per the directive from the Centre, the re-division is supposed to be completed by March 31.

    However, with the communique coming almost 15 days late, the deadline will also be deferred by 15 days. Accordingly, a draft of the re-divided contours of the wards would be published by mid-April and the document would be finalised after giving another 15 days for objections or suggestions, SCB sources said.

    Tender process

    Meanwhile, a SCB meeting on Friday finalised the tender process for octroi and toll tax contracts for 2007-08 with the two reaching a cumulative of Rs.10.5 crores.

    While Faizal Traders bagged rights for the octroi contract for Rs.7.27 crores, the toll tax rights went to one Srinivas Reddy for Rs.3.23 crores.

    This is in contrast to last year's cumulative of Rs.7.4 crores when the 11 octroi gates went for Rs.5.3 crores and the toll tax rights for Rs.2.1 crores.

    Another major decision taken was to purchase medicines and drug supplies for the Cantonment's health section from Central public sector units. The medicine stocks in SCB were lying dry for almost two years after the purchasing system here ran into controversy, triggering even a CBI probe.

    The board decided to award scholarships to SC/ST students from the forthcoming academic year.

    One boy and one girl each from classes 10, Intermediate and degree will be given Rs.10,000 each.

    Water woes

    A Rs.98-lakh project to lay a new drinking water pipeline alongside Hasmathpet road up to Trimulgherry junction to solve the long-standing water woes of residents of colonies and a cash prize of Rs.25,000 each to Shahbaz Tumbi and B. Manoj Kumar, who set a world record in November last by scoring 721 runs for the opening wicket in an under-13 cricket match, were also approved.