Staff Reporter

They can purchase up to 10 tonnes of bitumen

KOCHI: The State government has issued orders directing that the civic bodies can purchase bitumen up to 10 tonne for road repair works, the Corporation council was informed.

The government decision comes as a major relief to the civic bodies in the State. A large number of contractors had refused to take up the road repair works stating that the price of the bitumen fixed by the government was much lower than the market rate. The road repair works in Kochi city was also affected due to this.

For road works which need more 10 tonnes of bitumen, the contractors can purchase it on their own. In this case, the price of the bitumen would be the price quoted by the Kochi refineries on the date of signing the agreement for work, informed the Deputy Mayor C.K. Manisankar.

Taking part in the discussion, several councillors complained that a large number of city roads have become non-motorable. Initiating the discussion in the council meeting, the UDF parliamentary party leader of the Kochi Corporation, A.B. Sabu, said that the corporation had failed to make any impact on the public life of Kochi even as the civic administration led by the Mayor Mercy Williams completed three years in office.

K.J. Antony complained that the mowers purchased by the corporation were kept idle. In his reply, the Health Standing Committee chairman N.A. Mani said that the staff had complained that they were finding it difficult to use the machine even after undergoing training for operating them.

The bylaw enacted by the corporation for solid waste management has become a bane for the residents of the city as the staff of the Health wing was misusing them for harassing people, said T.J. Vinod. K.K. Sivan and K.N. Sunilkumar of the CPI(M) said that the civic administration had succeeded to a considerable extent in solving the issues of the city.

Any issue of non-removal of garbage from the city areas should be brought to the notice of the civic administration so that the logistics for the collection and transportation could be worked out, Mayor Mercy Williams informed the council.

T.K. Asharf, V.J. Hycinth, David Parambithara and P.S. Viju were among those who took part in the discussion.