The Municipal council has urged the State government to transfer a piece of land under the maintenance of the Revenue Department of Thanjavur district to the municipality for executing its solid waste management programme.

A proposal tabled at the council's monthly meeting held here on Wednesday, said that the municipality needed about eight acres of land for setting up a yard for dumping solid waste and for a compost yard.

Pointing out that the population of the town was on the rise, the resolution said that at least 8 acres of land would be required for the long-term implementation of the solid waste management programme. P. Mariappan, Municipal Chairman, who presided over the meeting, said that solid waste management was a people-oriented and pollution-free programme. The Revenue Department of Thanjavur district possessed a sprawling site called Chathiram in Aranthangi town. The site was being used only for organising the weekly shandy on Tuesday.

Mr.Mariappan said that the State government should hand over the site to the municipality for implementation of the solid waste management programme. The council adopted the resolution.

The meeting also adopted another resolution urging the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board to evolve the financial commitment for the Aranthangi municipality for maintenance of the combined drinking water scheme.

The chairman said that the board had already taken up trial supply of drinking water under the scheme executed at an estimate of Rs.3.40 crore. Since the scheme benefited 706 habitations in the entire district, including parts of the Aranthangi town, the Board should specify the maintenance funds to be incurred by the municipality.

Earlier the councillors wanted civic amenities in their wards. L. Muralidaran wanted allotment of municipal shops for the disabled and widows. P. Amirthavalli wanted roads . R. Sarojadevi, another councillor, wanted inauguration of child welfare unit building.