Staff Reporter

Special council meet approves 65 project proposals

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Corporation has asked all telecom operators including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to get prior permission from councillors before digging up roads for laying cables.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a special meeting of the council here on Wednesday. Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef chaired the session.

Earlier the norm of seeking prior permission from councillors for digging up roads applied only to private telecom operators. The issue was raised by Communist Party of India (Marxist) member P. Divakaran during the discussion to allow the BSNL to dig up roads for laying cables on U.K. Sankunni Road that stretched from the Government Veterinary Hospital to Mavoor Road.

He said permission should not be given to the BSNL to dig up the road because it had been tarred just 15 days ago. If at all the council approved the request of the BSNL, the telecom major should also take steps such as bringing materials for repairing works on the road after it finished laying the cables, Mr. Divakaran said.

Residents' protest

He also said the residents in the area also opposed to the telecom company digging roads every now and then.

Corporation Secretary P. Venugopal assured the council that the BSNL would take necessary steps before laying the cables.

On another issue, Standing Committee Chairman on Health and Education P.T. Rajan said that the Corporation would set up a modern slaughterhouse in the city. A 1.5-acre land had been acquired at Kothi for the purpose, he said.

The council also decided to issue notices to meat stalls in the city to sell only quality products. This was following a directive from the Kerala High Court.

The special council was convened for the purpose of approving several projects pertaining to the Kerala Development Programme (KDP).The funds allotted to the KDP would lapse if these projects were not approved before March 31.

Nearly 65 proposals relating to development and repairs of roads, construction of drains and determining licence fees were approved at the meeting.