Works in some wards still in preliminary stage, say protestors

Members of the Communist Party of India along with the party Councillors staged a demonstration at the civic body premises condemning the slow pace of progress in the implementation of the underground drainage work.

The protestors led by Councillors R. Kalyanasundaram shouted slogans highlighting the people's plight and the tawdry implementation.

In a release, K. Purushothaman, Councillor and District Deputy Secretary, said the work that began in 2006 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme was progressing at a snail's pace.

Works at a few wards were still in preliminary stage, though the time for completion had neared. The civic body should undertake the work on a war footing to complete it on time.

Dug roads had not been cleared and their condition continues to trouble road users. Mr. Purushothaman also said that areas that became a part of the Corporation during the last expansion exercise continued to get water once in 10 or 15 days.

Pilloor Phase II scheme was yet to be implemented. The civic body should take steps to complete the water supply work also in time.

Though the Corporation had spent over Rs. 95 crore for the implementation of the solid waste management scheme, its success in the segregation of source had been questionable.

He said the considering the aforementioned facts, the Corporation should initiate an investigation into the implementation of projects under the JNNURM scheme. He also called for deferring the proposal to increase the water charges.

The Corporation at its Council meeting on Wednesday tabled a resolution for increasing the water charges. The new rates were to take effect since October 1, 2010 and they were to be revised every two years by 10 per cent.

Protest

The Council, however, did not pass the resolution after the Councillors voiced their protest.

The Council decided that it would take a call on the revision of rates once the Pilloor Phase II scheme was ready for implementation.

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