Telangana: New Municipalities Bill introduced in Assembly

Govt aims to revamp functioning of ULBs, increase accountability among officials, eliminate corrupt practices

By Author  |  Published: 18th Sep 2019  12:30 am
Municipalities Bill
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao speaking at the two-day workshop on ‘Orientation on New Municipal Act 2019’.

Hyderabad: The ‘Municipalities Bill’, seeking to revamp functioning of urban local bodies in the State, was on Tuesday introduced in the Legislative Assembly by IT, Industries, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao.

The government has been keen on introducing the Bill as it seeks to improve compliance with laws by citizens, increase accountability among officials, eliminate corrupt practices with an overall aim of delivering effective services to people living in towns and cities of the State.

The legislation itself has a long title ‘A Bill to consolidate and provide for the constitution of municipalities (municipal councils and municipal corporations) other than the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in the State of Telangana in terms of Part – IX A of the Constitution of India and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto’. However, the Act itself is called the Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019.

In its statement of objects and reasons, the Bill says some of the provisions under the existing Acts relating to urban local bodies have become redundant and non-relevant due to the changed times requiring their replacement to meet the needs of the time. The Bill also says: “Further, there is no proper use of technology to its optimum level for the convenience of the citizens. There are emerging scenarios which require new orientation in legal framework which the existing enactments do not contemplate and provide for.”

It is because of these reasons as well as to make administration of urban local bodies more transparent, time bound and accountable which is convenient to the citizen and also to encourage greenery in the municipal bodies and formation of budgets in the bodies in a scientific manner, the government considered it essential to bring out the new Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019. The new Act, the Government said, would repeal the earlier Acts – the Telangana Municipalities Act, 1965 and the Telangana Municipal Corporations Act, 1994.

Our movie will be a super hit: KTR

Congress legislators were subjected to a take down by Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister KT Rama Rao over the issue of Musi River Front Development. He said the Congress leaders had seen only a trailer till now, and they would get to see the full movie.

During a discussion on budget demands of MA&UD Departments in the State Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Congress MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy attempted to ridicule the State government stating that the government had screened a 70 mm movie on Musi River Front Development, but had done little to realise it. He said groundwater along the Musi River banks got polluted due to release of sewerage and other pollutants from Hyderabad city, due to which people of erstwhile Nalgonda district were suffering.

Picking the Congress Legislator point-by-point, Rama Rao said about 1,800 MLD sewerage was being produced by Greater Hyderabad which was largely released by the successive Congress governments into Musi River. He explained that new sewerage treatment plants (STPs) were established to treat 700 MLD every day before water was released into Musi River. More STPs would be constructed on a public-private- partnership mode to treat entire sewerage shortly.

“You mistook our movie trailer to be a 70 mm film. But you no longer need to wait and instead, will get to see on the 70 mm screen shortly. You need not worry as it will be a super hit,” he added.

TRS government Whip Balka Suman, former Deputy Speaker and MLA Padma Devender Reddy, and MLA Nannapaneni Narender, along with AIMIM MLA Kausar Mohiuddin, also spoke during the discussion.

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