In an attempt to quell speculations, Mayor S.M. Velusamy told journalists on Tuesday that the function scheduled on Monday last to mark the start of the sewage treatment plant (STP) construction was postponed because the Commissioner and he were not in town.

The postponement of the function had nothing to do with the residents’ protest, he clarified.

A group of residents from Sindhu Nagar, Bharathi Nagar, Noyyal Nagar and a few other areas staged a protest on Monday morning complaining that if the Corporation were to construct an STP, the area would get polluted and that they would be deprived of good ground water.

Mr. Velusamy said that the Monday’s protests were staged with an ulterior motive and that those who spearheaded the protests wanted to gain political mileage. The Corporation was determined to go ahead and construct the STP at the site in Ondipudur and also complete the same within the deadline.

The civic body would take strong exception to those trying to disrupt the construction and deal with them legally. It would also not hesitate to approach the police for legal action.

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