GHMC to hike parking fee, rent playgrounds to boost revenues

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is all set to increase the parking fee at 53 parking yards in its limits.

The proposal was discussed during a high-level review meeting held by GHMC Commissioner Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy with the officials of Revenue Wings. Presently, the GHMC is earning only Rs. 3 crore towards Parking Fee.

Further, the GHMC is planning to give control of all community halls to Deputy Commissioners and fix up the responsibility to the Self Help Groups to improve the revenues. The corporation is also planning to reduce its expenditure by involving corporates as part of Corporate Social Responsibility to maintain parks and run the Rs. 5 food scheme.

The GHMC has also decided to give its playgrounds and other sport facilities on rent to schools. The GHMC is having 521 play grounds, 9 badminton courts and 9 big sports complexes. Presently, these facilities are being utilized from 6 AM to 10 AM and 4 PM to 6.30 PM. Therefore, they would be given on rent during free time. A final decision will be taken after conducting a detailed survey.

The GHMC Commissioner said that the corporation was concentrating mainly on Property Tax and Trade Licenses for revenues. Therefore, it is planning to improve its revenues through various other sources so as to turn the dream of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao of making Hyderabad a global city into a reality.

The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioners Surendra Mohan, Shiva Kumar Naidu, Jayaraj Kennedy, Shankaraiah and Bhaskara Chary, Fire Services Additional Director Venkata Ramana, Chief Engineers Imtiyaz Ahmed and Suresh and other senior officials. (INN)