Tadipatri municipality has surplus funds

While other bodies face crunch, it manages to generate huge annual income.

ANANTAPUR: With its funds surplus despite extensive development work, Tadipatri municipality stands a role model for other towns and even district headquarters. While other civic bodies have been facing funds crunch, the Tadipathri municipality manages to generate huge annual income. Upgraded as First Grade Municipality in 2002, the town experienced enormous change over the past one and a half decade with corporate range municipal office, widened roads, underground drainage system and a large number of shopping complexes.

The area of the municipality is 7.49 Sq.kms with a population of about 1.2 lakh. About 12 municipal shopping complexes yield an annual income of ' 2.03 crore that help to overcome any financial burden on the municipality. The entire town features with underground drainage system. The municipality is ‘dustbin-free city, source segregation and door to door garbage collection being practiced for more than 10 years in the town. Recently Tadipatri Municipality installed mechanised segregation machine in the compost yard to avoid manual waste separation. Now 15 wards are declared as “Open Defecation Free Wards”.

Strict enforcement of ban on use of plastic carry bags, cups and glasses since January 26, 2006 has helped to maintain ecology and environment placing it as the first in the state. Underground drainage system at a cost of '28.44 crores has been in place since 2009 to maintain complete sanitation and holistic approach. The assets under the municipality possession include buildings, vacant lands and markets the value of which has been arrived at Rs 700 crore. The total extent of the land is 294.70 acres.

The civic body has been conducting midday meals programme successfully since 2002 cooking at one place and distributing through vehicles to all 28 municipal schools in time. It serves food to 5,655 students every day without any interruption and any complaint. The new municipal office building presents a good working environment built at an estimated cost of '10 crore with centralised A.C on all floors of the building. Online system is implemented with the latest Information Technology to maintain paperless correspondence and to curb delay in administrative services.

In order to control the menace of stray dogs, pigs and cattle, animal birth control programme has been introduced in Tadipatri in the year 2012-13 and completed two phases. Officials have transported 1,200 pigs to forest area and not a single pig is seen now. Tadipatri municipal commissioner K. Shivarama Krishna said a park is proposed with an estimate cost of Rs 2 crore with the latest equipments for children and women at the site near Penna River bed under ‘Green Space Development programme’.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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