Municipality salaries to be paid by GoAP

Andhra Pradesh – Hyderabad

Civic bodies set to net more revenue
Special Correspondent

Better finances mean eligibility for World Bank-aided project

The Rs.2,000-crore project is for drinking water schemes

HYDERABAD: With the salary and pension bill of municipal employees barring Greater Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam municipal corporations being taken care of by the government from July 1, municipalities and corporations would now have close to Rs.400 crore annually at their disposal for better maintenance of amenities.

With the High Court approving the Building Penalisation Scheme and Layout Regularisation Scheme subject to certain conditions, more funds would accrue into account of respective municipalities.

While the municipalities and urban development authorities other than Greater Hyderabad, collected so far about Rs.100 crore under LRS, they earned Rs.125 crore under the BPS scheme. At least three times the amounts would be realised towards final payments.

“These additional availability of funds would have a positive impact in improving maintenance and sanitation in 109 municipalities and 11 corporations,” admits an official. Not many municipalities were known for payment of electricity bills regularly with their fund crunch and it in turn used to impact the provision of amenities including water supply. Better finances in municipalities thanks to above factors will also help in improving their eligibility for the World Bank aided “Andhra Pradesh Municipalities Development Project’.

The Rs.2,000 crore project meant to take up drinking water projects and piped water supply followed by other infrastructure projects including storm water drains, roads. The project would mainly cover the municipalities not covered under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and it would be finalised by August-end, according to Municipal Administration and Urban Development officials.
Database of slums

Meanwhile the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) took up a basic survey for building a database of 7,500 slums in the State and it would be completed by month-end. It would be followed by a detailed household survey.

The database was being built up to ensure government schemes reached the targeted groups.

Date:29/06/2009 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2009/06/29/stories/2009062959932300.htm

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