Staff Reporter

No-confidence motion politically motivated: Chitharanjan

All transactions are transparent and on record, says chairman

UDF trying to mislead people, he alleges

ALAPPUZHA: Municipal Chairman P.P. Chitharanjan has termed the allegations made by UDF regarding embezzlement in projects in the Alappuzha Municipality as baseless.

He said the no-confidence motion notice served by the UDF on Thursday was ‘politically motivated conspiracy to stall development’.

Mr. Chitharanjan and Vice-Chairman Elgin Richard said the UDF municipal councillors had made it a habit to level allegations and stall any major developmental project that was proposed by the ruling LDF in the council.

“The allegation that more than Rs.70 lakh was spent on the modern abattoir was totally baseless. It had been entrusted to the public sector undertaking Steel Industries Kerala Limited (SILK). Only Rs.38,05,316 had been given to SILK in various instalments,” he said. “All transactions were transparent and on record”.

Mr. Chitharanjan said the project was delayed due to a technical miscalculation regarding the capacity of the abattoir. “No money was wasted and efforts were on to solve the impasse.

However, the UDF, which had failed to take up the abattoir project during its tenure, was creating obstacles instead of cooperating,” he said.

H said that Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Promotion Centre (APTDC) had signed an agreement to do the project on a turnkey basis and had sub-contracted the project to Hydroair Tectonics Pvt Limited, which would complete the project within three months.

Work on the Municipal Town Hall was delayed because the Nirmithi Kendra, which was entrusted with the construction, was going slow due to various reasons, including the steep rise in prices of construction materials.

The UDF was trying to mislead the public and bring down the LDF from power so that the credit of completing several major projects would not go to the LDF, he alleged.