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TUDA takes tough stand against TTD

By Our Special Correspondent

TIRUPTI. Oct 1. The Chairperson of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), B. Karunakar Reddy, today asked the TTD to stop donning the `big brother' roleandfollow its rules and regulations in all its future constructions in Tirupati and Tirumala. With this, the newly appointed chief of the TUDA fired his first salvo at the TTD indicating a further deterioration in the relationship between the two major Government organisations in the temple town.

In fact, the tough stand ofthe TUDA Chairman against the TTD was expected the moment he included the TTD's name in the list of Government departments which, it felt, had never bothered to take TUDA approval for their constructions.

Mr. Karunakar Reddy pointed out that the TTD would be given no exemption from payment of developmental charges or from taking the TUDA approval before taking up any construction work in Tirupati and Tirumala.

He hinted that as much as Rs. 2 to 3 crores was due from the TTD and wondered as how his organisation could function with such heavy arrears.

The TUDA Chairman indirectly warned the TTD that it would not hesitate to enforce its powers if it continued to be indifferent.

He was equally critical about other departments which had been `indifferent' towards the TUDA.

Despite the hard line adopted by the TUDA chief, the TTD is not likely to change its stand. Its argument is that it had been spending crores of rupees on various civic needs of the town like road-widening and street lighting in all the major localities besides providing drinking water, drainage, health, etc. which in the normal course should be spent by the TUDA or the municipality.

It is also of the view that being an autonomous and a high-profile organisation with an annual budget of Rs.700 crores and monitored directly by the Chief Minister, it need not follow the rules of the TUDA.

Luke-warm response

Though the TUDA had sent circulars to BSNL, Railways, National Airports Authority and all the three universities in the town, their officials did not attend the meeting while some deputed their junior or middle-rung officials.

The TTD deputed an Executive Engineer and a Deputy Executive Engineert to the meeting.

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