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Opposition reacts sharply on AMC tax-free budget: 2015-16 AMC budget aimless; drinking water crisis at large needs urgent attention; says Opposition
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Opposition reacts sharply on AMC tax-free budget: 2015-16 AMC budget  aimless; drinking water crisis at large needs urgent attention; says Opposition
PHOTO : Drinking Water crisis is continuing at AMC area Jogendra Nagar. TIWN Pic

AGARTALA, March 12 (TIWN): The Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) proposed a Budget of Rs. 348.00 crore with a bearable deficit of Rs. 56 lakh for the year 2015-16 recently, and the opposition reacting sharp on it today described the 2015-16 AMC budget as an aimless budget. Talking to TIWN today Congress Councilor Tushar Bhattacharjee said “AMC Mayor Dr. Prafullajit Sinha comes up every time with a tax-free budget, but this budget has only deprived the common masses.”Pointing out, Bhattacharjee said that the AMC has not laid any priority to the drinking water crisis and the quality of the water yet today that has lead to several water borne diseases. Adding to that he said, the leakage of the ground water pipeline and its worst condition is far behind from its maintenance. Sinha tabling the budget said that the North Zonal work for laying of water pipeline is almost complete and the rest zonal wise works will be taken up soon, but the AMC has set no target for the completion of the work, therefore it will of course confuse the people of the state and will be deprived again, Bhattacharjee said.

Reacting sharply on the recently tabled 2015-16 Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), the congress councilor Tushar Bhattacharjee talking to TIWN today said that the 2015-16 AMC tax-free budget is worthless as it has been fooling the people at large with a tariff hike every year under the AMC. He said, “the AMC budget walks aimlessly giving no priority to the basic facilities of the common mass of the state”. While, AMC Mayor Prafullajit Sinha tabling the budget this year said that the 2015-16 budget has attached certain priorities which include provision of drinking water facilities, sewerage system, housing for the urban poor, Avenue and institutional plantations, development of slum areas including construction of houses under RAY under JnNURM, strengthening the solid waste management, setting up of scientific landfill station, city beautification, establishment of one dispensary for health check of staff/workers engaged in SWM and construction of roads, drains, and others.

 

 Earth worm and  leech coming out from AMC water supply point at Agartala. TIWN Pic

Besides, pointing out the fund sanctioned by the central govt. for the project works under the AMC, Bhattcharjee said that earlier the 13th Finance Commission (FC) has sanction Rs. 300 crore for various project works, but later it released Rs. 30 crore seeking clarification report along with the utilization certificate and other reports with the AMC. While, the AMC has placed no proper report with the central govt. yet today resulting the delay of the release of rest of the amount to the AMC, said Bhattacharjee.

However, later talking to TIWN today councilor Tushar Bhattacharjee indicated that the AMC has been conducting several unscientific works here at the capital city spending handsome amount of money every year. Later pointing out worst condition of the Agartala city during the rainy season, Bhattacharjee said that the water stagnant condition here in Agartala during the rainy reason has not yet improved in spite of the construction of the cover drains. However this clearly proves that the work was conducted totally in an unscientific way.       

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