Nalgonda: Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) KT Rama Rao on Monday said the State government had neither stopped nor cut funds to municipalities and gram panchayats to ensure that developmental works did not get affected despite the financial crunch on account of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Laying the foundation stone for a Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) taken up at a cost of Rs 1.4 crore on the outskirts of the Nalgonda municipality, Rama Rao said: “The State government has continued to provide Rs 338 crore to gram panchayats and Rs 178 crore to municipalities in the first week of every month to ensure that developmental works continue. Besides, Rs 1,800 crore has been released to municipalities in the last four months under the Pattana Pragathi programme,” he added.
Stating that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had brought in the new Municipal Act that was people-centric to check corruption in urban local bodies (ULBs), he said the duties and responsibilities of officials and elected representatives of ULBs were also incorporated in the new law.
Referring to the assurance of the Chief Minister to adopt the Nalgonda Assembly constituency, he said Chandrashekhar Rao was personally monitoring the developmental works taken up in the segment. He said that all promises made by the Chief Minister to the people of Nalgonda would be fulfilled.
The Minister said that the State government had set up FSTPs in all the municipalities recognising the importance of safe treatment and disposal of sludge collected from septic tanks. Four FSTPs had already been completed, and the remaining would be completed in six months, he said, adding that the State government had recently released Rs 18 crore to complete the work on the underground drainage system in Nalgonda.
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