Hyderabad households will not need to pay water bills as long as they consume less than 20,000 liters per month. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that this will be starting from December. He said this while releasing his party’s manifesto ahead of next week’s municipal election. This new rule will be covering around 97 percent of the city’s population.
KCR also announced SOPs for various segments. This includes waiving of power tariff for those running non-AC salons and employees in the laundry and ironing of clothes. He also announced power tariff concessions to theatres forced to shut during the coronavirus pandemic.
A government order was issued allowing cinemas, theatres, and multiplexes that are outside containment zones to re-open with a maximum of 50 percent seating. Necessary Covid protocol is to be followed and show timings are staggered.
The CM asked people to be cautious in casting votes. He asked them to choose between development and division.
He said if they choose division there will be curfews, stabbings, and violence. It will be an unsafe city. The CM further said that BJP believes in a Hyderabad that is for only a few. He also highlighted the development of the city under his watch, pointing out that it is a city that is in favor with many investors. He said that many MNCs have cropped up as the city is inclusive.
Hyderabad Is The Home To People Of All Religions, Says KCR
KCR further stated that Hyderabad is the home to people of all religious faiths. They have a Sindhi colony, a Jagannath temple, a Parsi Gutta, space for Malayalis and Biharis.
The opposition BJP has criticized the manifesto and its promises. According to BJP, the manifesto is a repeat of the 2016 election.
According to the party, KCR’s party did not fulfill any promises. They have not yet built two lakh two-bedroom houses which were promised.
Polling for the 150 seats of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will take place between 7 AM and 6 PM on 1st December 2020. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti of Chief Minister KCR won 99 seats in the 2016 election whereas the BJP won just four.
This time, however, boosted by the Assembly by-poll result in Dubbak, the BJP hopes to win more seats and carve out space for itself ahead of state elections in 2024.
The party has already sent senior leader Bhupender Yadav to lead its charge. The party has also persuaded Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan to campaign on their behalf.