ANDHRA PRADESH

Interest on tax draws flak

NELLORE, JULY 24. At the general body meeting of the Nellore Municipal Council, held here on Saturday, members cutting across party lines, came down heavily on the administration for collecting interest on tax, thereby subjecting poor taxpayers to hardship.

The members pointed that such a step was totally uncalled for. The members further complained that there was inordinate delay in providing basic services to the people. They also protested against the tardy approach towards removal of encroachments and reminded the administration, that such measures should be continuous.

Some members even threatened to resign from the town planning advisory committee.

Resolution passed

At Saturday's meeting, the council unanimously passed a resolution urging the Government to upgrade the municipality into a Corporation and provide for an Urban Development Authority (UDA) for Nellore. Members including the vice-chairman, Sd. Sandani Basha, U. Basavaiah (CPI-M), K. Srinivasulu Reddy (TDP) and others spoke.

When the council was in session, functionaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party representing the ward 16, staged a dharna before the council hall, demanding supply of drinking water and provision of better civic facilities in areas falling under ward number 16.

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