Govt to upgrade Guntur to Greater Municipal Corpn

Govt to upgrade Guntur to Greater Municipal Corpn
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State government is understood to have decided to upgrade Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) to Greater Municipal Corporation. The decision, according to sources, is taken in the backdrop of three mandals in Guntur district being chosen for capital city.

Guntur: State government is understood to have decided to upgrade Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) to Greater Municipal Corporation. The decision, according to sources, is taken in the backdrop of three mandals in Guntur district being chosen for capital city.

  • Plan is aimed at securing greater financial assistance from Union Urban Development Ministry
  • Some of the villages in the vicinity of 7-km radius of city to be merged with GMC
  • Similar proposal in 2005 was abandoned to obviate unbearable financial burden in the form of taxes on rural people

The government, sources said, had directed District Collector Katilal Dande to send proposals for upgrading the GMC on the lines of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. The district administration is likely to recommend merger of certain villagers in the vicinity of Guntur with the GMC. If the proposal is translated into action, Guntur will emerge as the second biggest city after Visakhapatnam in the State.

Some of the villages that are likely to merge with the Municipal Corporation are Pedakakani, Venigundla, Agatavarappadu, Uppalapadu, Takkelapadu, Gaddipadu, Nambur under Pedakakani mandal and Tarakapalem, Lalam,Laluvuram, Tokavaraipalem, Dasaripalem,, Challavaraipalem, and Uppalapalem villages underrural mandal, besides Perecherla village under Medikonduru mandal. In 2011 some villages like Nallapadu, Pedapalakaluru, Ankireddipalem, Adavitakellapadu, Goruntla, Pottur, Choudavaram,Etakuru, and Reddipalem were merged with the GMC.

It is proposed to merge villages within 7-km radius of Guntur city with GMC. The upgradation will help get more funds from the Union Urban Development Ministry, it is said. Guntur city will become eligible for greater flow of funds only if its population exceeds 10 lakh populations.

There are, however, fears of unbearable increase in tax burden on people in villages when they are merged with the GMC. A proposal to upgrade GMC was mooted but abandoned to obviate increase tax burden on people in villages.

By:RAVI P BENJAMIN

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