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Congress joins opposition parties to slam budget

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is likely to start another phase of Building Regularisation Scheme soon.

This was announced by GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu while addressing the GHMC’s General Special Council here on Thursday. He said the corporation was in receipt of over 6,000 petitions seeking regularisation of buildings. Therefore, the GHMC is expecting to receive a huge revenue through the BRS scheme.

The GHMC Commissioner assured that the target of Rs 720 crore property tax would be realised without affecting an increase the property tax.

However, to the surprise of everyone, the Congress party played the role of opposition in the council on Thursday. Deputy Mayor G Rajkumar said that the budget of Rs 3,600 crore presented by GHMC Mayor Mohammad Majid Hussain was unrealistic. Congress floor leader K Venkatesh said alleged that instead of focusing on providing basic amenities, the GHMC officials were focused on collection of bribe in the guise of property tax.

Venkatesh alleged that of nearly 5,000 hoardings in the GHMC limits, Advertisement Tax was being collected only from 2,000 hoardings. Reacting to these allegations, MIM’s Hussaini Alam corporator Mir Zulfeqar Ali reminded Venkatesh that he was not in opposition and an ally of MIM.

Telugu Desam Party floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy accused the GHMC officials of harassing the citizens in the name of property tax. He said that the budget for the year 2011-12 was of Rs 3,200 crore and it could not be realised. Therefore, he ridiculed the budget of Rs 3,600 crore for the year 2012-13.

MIM floor leader Mohammad Nazreeuddin appreciated the budget and hoped that the GHMC areas would witness development in the next one year. BJP’s Bangari Prakash too criticised the budget.

MBT corporator Amjadullah Khan Khaled was removed from the council hall using marshals for trying to stall the proceedings. The Mayor did not allow him to speak during the budget presentation.

After the budget was passed, the TDP corporators staged a dharna before the Mayor’s chambers demanding increase in funds from Rs 45 crore to Rs 100 crore to provide drinking water for surrounding municipalities. (INN)

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