Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao has gifted 32 Kia Carnivals to collectors. This has been done to help the collectors in carrying out duties and to take tours around the district. CM Rao inspected the vehicles and then the vehicles were flagged off on Sunday by transport minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar. Along with him was chief secretary Somesh Kumar and deputy transport commissioner Papa Rao. The Kia Carnival starts at Rs. 24.95 lakhs ex-showroom for the base variant while the top-end variant costs Rs. 33.95 lakhs ex-showroom. It is being said that the MPVs cost around Rs. 10 Crores. Due to this, the Telangana government is facing a huge backlash.
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“The vehicles, each costing [the state] around ₹30 lakh, were procured by the Telangana State Road Transport Authority on the instructions of the chief minister. The vehicles will help the additional collectors in extensive tours of the villages as part of their duty,” an official said.
BJP officials opposed this decision by stating that the Telangana government has a debt of Rs 40,000 crore and the country also faced a pandemic. According to him, this is a wastage of the public’s money in the middle of the pandemic. “How can Chief Minister Rao justify spending over Rs 11 crores to buy 32 ultra-luxury vehicles? This decision…is horrendous and unthinkable” said Krishna Saagar Rao of BJP.
Congress Party’s D Sravan Kumar also criticized the decision of buying luxury MPVs. He said, “As such KCR (Chief Minister Rao) has pushed the surplus state of Telangana into a debt trap state with a whopping debt of Rs 4,00,00,00,00,000. They already have government cars in good condition,” He also said that government should have added beds to the hospital or bought buses for public transport instead of buying luxury cars.
The Finance minister of Telangana, Harish Rao said that the government had lost Rs 4,100 crore in terms of revenue because of COVID-19. They asked the central government to increase the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management(FRBM) to 5 percent from the current 4 percent in this time of financial crisis. The state still has 22,133 active cases of coronavirus.
The Carnival is the most affordable premium MPV that you can currently buy in the Indian market. Many people were shocked when Kia decided to launch an MPV after the incredible success of the Seltso which was a mid-size SUV. However, the Carnival sold in good numbers.
It comes with many luxurious features such as three-zone climate control, power sliding doors, leather upholstery, a dual-pane sunroof and much more. On the top-end variant, you get VIP seats for the second row. The VIP seats come with leg support, Nappa leather upholstery, rear-seat entertainment system and captain seat arrangement.
Powering the Carnival is a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engine produces 200 PS of max power and 440 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated only to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Carnival is placed above the Toyota Innova Crysta but is massive undercuts other luxury MPVs like Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes-Benz V-Class.