VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) board meeting held on Saturday witnessed great drama with the CPM and opposition TDP protesting the garbage collection fee of Rs 120 from individual houses and Rs 150 to Rs 15,000 from commercial establishments per month.
CPM Corporal B Satya Babu said it is the responsibility of the municipality to collect the garbage from each household and transport it to the landfill and dispose of it. At a time when people are going through a difficult time due to the pandemic, the state government is trying to add even more burden by levying taxes on basic civic services.
The state government has failed to raise funds from the Center making it dependent on commoners to meet its financial needs, said Satya Babu. During the meeting, the TDP and CPM corporators boycotted Question Time expressing their displeasure at not putting public issues on the agenda and insisted that the council allow media representatives to participate. at the council session.
TDP Corporal J Sambasiva Rao accused the ruling party of interfering with members’ rights and the council was discussing the issues disregarding their questions. “The authorities act without knowing the law and counterattack in return if questions are raised on a particular subject. According to the law, each member has the right to ask three questions. The mayor dismissed discussion of other issues, saying only one question was allowed,” he said.
During the meeting, TDP corporators questioned the ruling party to provide details of those who have to pay Rs 50,000 and above to the VMC and on the beneficiaries of TIDCO housing. With the situation spiraling out of control, Mayor Rayana Bhagya Lakshmi suspended TDP Corporal and Floor Manager N Bala Swamy. Endowment Minister Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao, who also attended the meeting, alleged that the previous government misappropriated funds granted by the central government.