The Thuvakudi municipality started functioning from the newly constructed administrative building along the Tiruchi-Thanjavur highway.

The office of the local body used to function from the basement of a water tank that could not accommodate more than 10 persons. The 535 square metres new office, declared open recently by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was constructed at a cost of Rs. 65 lakhs.

Henceforth, the meeting of municipal council would be conducted in a spacious meeting hall in the administrative office.

The vacancy of Municipal Commissioner was filled in the recent postings made through Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. According to the new Municipal Commissioner Sudha, initiatives have been taken to beef up the strength of sanitation staff. Nine more persons would be recruited through the employment exchange, she said.

Municipal Chairman E. Kayambu said while sanitation requires utmost attention at the moment, the local body was also facing shortage of plumbers and electricians.