Staff Reporter

Members unhappy with delay in water supply

Mayor asks chief engineer to submit report

Kozhikode: The delay in supplying drinking water in the city during summer dominated the deliberations of a Corporation council meeting on Tuesday.

Several members cutting across party lines expressed dissatisfaction at the delay in distributing water to areas which experienced acute water shortage.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran, who chaired the session in the afternoon, sought an explanation from Standing Committee Chairman on Public Works P. Kishenchand for the delay in supplying water. The distribution of drinking water is a regular programme of the Corporation that begins mid-February and continues till the arrival of monsoon. Tenders of private agencies for the distribution of water will be opened on Wednesday.

Mr. Kishenchand, admitting the delay in launching the programme, said that usually the Health Department was entrusted with the water supply scheme.

However, the department supplied water in two or three tanker lorries. The scheme worked well only during emergencies. There would be audit objections if the services of another department were employed for the purpose, he said.

Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef said that the audit section would only make an observation in the matter. The delay could be attributed to lackadaisical attitude of the Engineering Department.

Mr. Bhaskaran asked the Chief Engineer to inquire into the matter and submit a report. Communist Party of India (Marxist) councillor M.C. Anil Kumar raised the issue through a calling attention motion.

Indian Union Muslim League councillor P. Mamukoya Haji, Congress member P.K. Mamu Koya and Congress (S) member U.T. Rajan took part in the deliberations.

The council adopted a resolution seeking the PWD to speed up construction of the Kannadikkal- Parambilkkadavu road.

Mr. Mamukoya, who moved the resolution, said that the Corporation earlier had a proposal to construct a road. However, it was now undertaken by the PWD.

The Mayor said that the Corporation had plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a firm based in Delhi to operate the waste treatment plant at the Njeliamparamba dumping yard on the outskirts of the city. A decision would be taken in a month.

Mr. Bhaskaran said that the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Company which had already set up a plant at the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation had promised to renovate the plant. The company would also shoulder any financial burden arising out of the renovation.

The Corporation would have no financial commitment, he said.