Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar announced that the state government has allocated Rs 2,000 crores to local bodies for infrastructure development in solid waste management, sewage treatment, drinking water supply, and cleanliness. Speaking at the ‘Municipalika-23’ exhibition, Shivakumar emphasized that the funds should be utilized by local bodies to enhance infrastructure for waste management, sewage treatment, water supply, and cleanliness, adhering to National Green Tribunal guidelines.
He urged urban local bodies to monitor the disposal of construction waste, stressing the importance of adhering to bylaws and collecting property taxes efficiently. Shivakumar highlighted the need for local bodies to account for water usage, address shortages, and discourage the misuse of drinking water. He proposed levying a nominal fee of Rs 50 on borewells to track their numbers and purposes effectively.