Corporation councillors are sore with Collector Anshul Mishra for ordering the removal of hoardings in the city. They say the drive has hurt their image.

“The sealing of unauthorised buildings is a welcome trend. It has served as a warning to people. But there must be a convincing reason as to why hoardings were removed,” P. Salaimuthu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) councillor and zone chairman, told the council meeting here on Wednesday.

During the drive ordered by the Collector, over 6,000 hoardings across the city were removed as permission had not been obtained for putting them up.

Commissioner R. Nanthagopal clarified that the hoardings were removed on the Collector’s orders. Mr. Salaimuthu wanted to know why the Corporation did not collect fees from those who had put up billboards. “They did not pay the money because we did not collect,” he added.

Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa assured the irate councillors that the Corporation would talk to the Collector on the hoardings issue.

Drinking water scarcity, ‘Amma canteens,’ mosquito control, stray dog menace and underground drainage were the other issues discussed at the meeting. City Engineer in-charge A.Mathuram, City Health Officer V.Yasodha Mani and Chief Town Planning Officer M. Rakkappan were among the officials who answered the questions posed by councillors about their respective wards.

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