No more taxes, please: Civil Societies JAC to GWMC

No more taxes, please: Civil Societies JAC to GWMC
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The Joint Action Committee of the Civil Societies, Warangal on Tuesday urged the administration of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) not to weigh down the denizens, who were already feeling the pinch of taxes imposed on them last year.

Warangal: The Joint Action Committee of the Civil Societies, Warangal on Tuesday urged the administration of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) not to weigh down the denizens, who were already feeling the pinch of taxes imposed on them last year.

Speaking at the JAC meeting here, its chairman Pulluru Sudhakar told the GWMC not to burden the people in its effort to procure funds to the tune of its 2018-19 budget, Rs 1,123 crore.

“The GWMC which introduced garbage tax, besides hiking property tax and water cess last year needs to show some concern towards people,” he said. This apart, the GWMC is able to earn quite a lot through user charges and trade licences, he said, urging the civic body not fleece the denizens further.

Sudhakar alleged that the civic body has failed to make best use of grants received from the Central and State governments. JAC Convener Tirunahari Sheshu said: “The GWMC authorities totally failed in extracting Rs 300 crore allocated by the State government.

The civic body also failed to utilise the funds whatever it received.” He said that condition of several internal roads is appalling. On the other hand, denizens have to face the menace of mosquitoes, monkeys and stray dogs, he added, accusing the authorities of not responding to the cause of people.

He urged the administration to lay its focus on drinking water supply. “The new Municipal Commissioner needs to focus on irregularities in developmental works,” he said.

The JAC demanded that the administration should release a white paper on spending took under last year’s budget, Rs 1,046 croe. Bommineni Papi Reddy, S Veerabhadrudu, Paladugu Surender, Kalluri Pavan and G Anirudh Reddy were among others present.

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