Staff Reporter

Plan to develop the city into a model corporation Plan to develop the city into a model corporation

  • Underground drainage works delayed due to hike in cement prices
  • TDP councillor terms budget as `jugglery of figures'

    KADAPA: Kadapa Municipal Corporation general body meeting on Wednesday approved a Rs. 148.51-crore budget for 2007-08 with a surplus of Rs. 2.29 crores.

    The corporation initiated developmental works by securing State and Central Government grants of Rs. 117.07 crores without going for loans, Kadapa Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy told the meeting. Drinking water supply and sanitation would be accorded top priority.

    The budget envisaged development of Kadapa into a model corporation by providing infrastructural facilities and giving a fillip to welfare of poor, he stated.

    He stressed the need for mobilising internal resources through austerity measures and using grants to develop the city.

    Panels formed

    The Mayor announced constitution of eight committees with corporators and officials for increasing the corporation revenue and introducing reforms to reduce expenditure.

    He assured expeditious completion of the Rs. 29.73-crore drinking water scheme for Akkayapalle and Chemmumiyapet.

    Though Rs. 67 crores was sanctioned for underground drainage system, works were delayed due to rise in cement prices. Tenders would be called within a few days, Mr. Ravindranath Reddy said. Basic amenities would be provided in Mrutyunjayakunta area with an outlay of Rs. 7.63 crores.

    Housing scheme

    In addition to 4,000 houses being built in satellite city, 12,090 houses would be sanctioned under Rajiv Swagruham scheme for middle classes, he said.

    Outlay for VIP tours was hiked by Rs. 1 lakh on the request of CPI corporator M.V.R. Prasada Reddy.

    Doubts

    As soon as the meeting began, TDP councillor V.S. Ameer Babu said the document given in budget preparatory meeting and the budget papers presented varied and wondered which one was authentic.

    The Mayor replied that corporators could have got confused as the draft budget copy was also given to them and said officials would clarify their doubts on the budget.

    Describing the budget as jugglery of figures, Mr. Ameer Babu alleged that the Municipal Corporation office virtually became the Congress party office.

    Reacting strongly to the remark, Deputy Mayor K. Nabi Rasool accused the TDP leader of creating fuss for gaining cheap publicity and said he had no right to question the budget as he had abstained from the preparatory meeting.

    Altercation

    An altercation ensued between Congress corporator Sardari and the TDP corporator.

    Later the council mourned P. Sambasivaiah, advocate and former municipal councillor by observing two minutes of silence.

    The rest of the meeting passed on smoothly.