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Multiplex construction has no GVMC approval

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Source : The Hindu Date : 23.06.2009

Multiplex construction has no GVMC approval

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Construction of a multiplex at which earth caved in killing four persons on Sunday has been taken up without the approval of the Town Planning Department of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

The construction has been taken up after obtaining permission from the Joint Collector under the Cinematography Act. However, the GVMC which has to implement the master plan and zoning regulations has issued a notice on why the construction was taken up without its approval, sources said. Construction continued challenging the notice and obtaining a status quo order from the High Court.

Municipal Commissioner B. Sridhar was also learnt to have insisted on approval from the Town Planning Department. Following the instructions of the joint collector, the GVMC has filed a fresh affidavit with the master plan and other required details under the new act to get the stay vacated, according to Chief City Planner G.V. Raghu. The GVMC authorities have sent a report to the District Collector on Sunday’s tragic incident.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:18
 

User charges on garbage opposed

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Source : The Hindu Date : 23.06.2009

User charges on garbage opposed

Staff Reporter

Congress flayed for including the proposal on the agenda

 


Dues to civic body from State to the tune of

Rs. 198 cr, according to CPI(M) leader

User charges will exceed D&O licence amount, he says


VIJAYAWADA: The city unit of the CPI (M) on Monday vehemently opposed the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC)’s move to levy user charges on garbage.

Addressing a press conference here, CPI(M) floor leader in the VMC general body Ch. Babu Rao came down heavily on the ruling Congress for including the proposal to levy user charges on garbage in the agenda of the general body meeting scheduled for June 27. Though the proposal was deferred some time back, the Corporation was gearing up to introduce it through backdoor, he said.

The Congress party had utterly failed to prevail upon the State government to release the dues to the Corporation to the tune of Rs. 198 crores. The State government neither released its share nor the share released by the Centre for programmes taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme in the city.

The Congress should have lodged a complaint with the Centre against the State government for withholding the funds, but it was only interested in burdening the people with user charges, he said.

The Corporation was poised to collect Rs. 600 to Rs. 24,000 a year from users for lifting garbage. While it would be Rs. 60 to Rs. 900 a year for each family, it would be Rs. 600 to Rs. 24,000 a year for traders and house owners.

Around Rs. 3.98 crores would be collected from 21,053 commercial establishments, while it would be Rs. 4.14 crores from 1,57,214 residential properties. If the proposal was implemented, the VMC officials would burden the people by at least Rs. 8 crores a year, he alleged.

Mr. Babu Rao pointed out that user charges would exceed the amount being collected as Dangerous and Offensive (D&O) trade licence fee and property tax.

In all, 21,000 commercial establishments and 1.57 lakh house owners would have to pay user charges to the tune of Rs. 8 crores a year, he maintained.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:15
 

Union to seek probe into allocation of house sites

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Source : The Hindu Date : 23.06.2009

Union to seek probe into allocation of house sites

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) seems to have messed up the issue of allocation of house sites to its employees at Gunadala. The Corporation officials have violated the resolutions passed in the VMC general body and the laid down procedures, if the information provided to employees’ union leader is to be believed.

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Employees Union general secretary A. Ranganayakulu recently applied under the Right to Information Act seeking information about the employees’ housing proposals.

The officials told him that the land was divided into plots of a size of 200 sq. mtr., 150 sq. mtr. and 100 sq. mtr. at Gunadala. They put the number of 200 sq. mtr. plots as 406, 150 sq.mtr. plots as 13 and 100 sq. mtr. plots as 227. It was apparently against the agreed size of division of plots. It was earlier decided to divide the land into 192 plots of 200 sq. mtr. each, 195 plots of 150 sq. mtr. each and 427 plots of 100 sq. mtr. each. The 100 sq. mtr. plots were designed for class-IV employees, while the remaining ones were for other categories of employees.

The employees union is livid that the officials have brought down the number of plots at their whims and fancies, while the resolutions directs them to allocate 1,814 plots for the employees.

Mr. Ranganayakulu said on Monday that the VMC officials had ‘furnished false information’ under the RTI Act. The violated the Act, as well as done injustice to the employees. The issue would be placed before the Municipal Administration Secretary shortly. The union would urge the Secretary to initiate inquiry into this, he said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:12
 


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