Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Once the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) gets into its full working mode, its elected council is likely to have financial powers to sanction works up to Rs. 5 crores, up from the Rs. 1 crore limit enjoyed by the erstwhile MCH council. Anything above this figure (financial limit of the council) had to be sent to the Government. Similarly, the GHMC special standing committee could have powers to sanction works up to Rs. 2 crores, up from Rs. 50 lakhs limit of the earlier civic body. The about to be formed five new zones would be having a decentralised set up with powers to sanction works up to Rs. 50 lakhs. What more, these zones might be having standing committees of their own if initial thinking of civic administrators is anything to go by.

Working groups with subject and legal experts concerned are to be formed to study the make up of the new GHMC Act, organisational structure, staffing pattern, service rules, finance and delimitation wards during the current transition stage.

These and other issues were discussed by GHMC Special Commissioner Sanjay Jaju with the deputy municipal commissioners of all the 12 municipalities as well his senior officials on Monday as a precursor to a meeting to be held with senior Government officials later this week. "It has been a preparatory meeting where several ideas were tossed around. Discussions ranged from interim arrangements to be made before the Zonal Commissionerates become fully functional. The Government will be taking a final decision," said Mr. Jaju.

Delimitation of wards is to be a crucial job with their number likely to increase from 100 in the erstwhile MCH to 150 in the new super civic body. There is a feeling that uniformity of wards division is more desirable as earlier the political wards boundaries was different from the municipal wards. Lot of confusion could be avoided for administrative reasons if such uniformity is brought about, say senior officials.