The meeting of the Palakkad Municipal Council held here on Saturday has decided to start pre-monsoon cleaning drive from May 12 as directed by the State Local Self Government Department.
The meeting has decided that the Councillors will provide the details of the cleaning work to be done in their wards on Monday and the Engineering wing of the Municipality will prepare the estimate for the work.
Municipal Chairman Abdul Khuddos has said that steps will be taken to avoid water logging in the main centres of the town like Municipal Bus stand, Shankunthala Junction and Pridayarshini Junction.
The canal from Manapullykavu to Yakkara under the Irrigation Department will be cleaned to prevent water logging in that part of the Municipality.
He has urged the Councillors to provide the details of cleaning work to be taken up in their ward immediately so that estimate could be prepared and work executed.
He said that though the Municipality is short of fund steps will be taken to mobilize fund to take up pre-monsoon cleaning work.
He said that the ward level committee should be formed to implement the scheme.
A meeting of hospitals and hotels will be called to get them involved in the cleaning operations. Actions will be taken against releasing untreated water to the canals and ponds by hotels, hospitals, industrial units etc.
He said hat students of 40 schools within the limits of the Municipality will be mobilized to observe `dry day’ once a week to create awareness about proper cleaning and sanitation.
The Council meeting has decided to suspend one Junior Health Inspector from service for abusing some women Councillors who had requested him to take up cleaning operations in their wards.
The women Councillors said that though there are 234 permanent and 80 temporary cleaning staff there is no proper sanitation work done in the Municipality.
There is also lack of machinery and equipments for conducting proper sanitation work. The temporary workers are also not paid their salaries for months, some of the Councillors said.
Since the monsoon season is only less than a month away the drains, canals and ditches are not cleaned. They remain blocked due to the absence of cleaning and maintenance.
This will create water logging, flash flood and result in the outbreak of monsoon related diseases in the Municipality, said the Council members cutting across party lines.