The Chennai Corporation will remove flex materials used for advertising on the walls across the city if they are not taken off voluntarily.

Mayor M. Subramanian said following the ban on hoardings in the city, advertisers have adopted a new method of using flex materials for advertisements.

If the materials are not removed, the civic agency would remove them and claim the cost from the building owners. It would initiate action against those who refuse to pay the charges.

The civic agency would also withdraw the special wards system at three of its maternity hospitals in Saidapet, Mirsahibpet and Perumalpet. Officials said the hospitals had one room each for special ward.

In view of the low patronage for the special wards, for which a fee of Rs.3,000 is charged, and the need for more space for ward expansion plans, the Corporation decided to withdraw the system.

The Mayor said issues pertaining to tax arrears could now be resolved at zonal offices instead of Ripon Building. Complaints of problems in online services would be looked into.

Libraries

The Corporation would spend Rs.1.25 crore and set up libraries in 67 Chennai High Schools and Chennai Higher Secondary Schools. Each library would be provided with 200 books and a committee would select the titles.

The council also approved that Rs.6 lakh be spent towards the purchase of books. The number of books would be increased every year, officials said.

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