Mayor refuses emergency resolution
Issue is related to delay in appointment of CollectorCollector's absence affecting proper administration
Kozhikode: The entire United Democratic Front (UDF) councillors walked out of a meeting of the Kozhikode Corporation council on Thursday after the Mayor refused a Congress member to move an emergency resolution.
As soon as the council assembled for deliberations in the afternoon, Congress member P.K. Mamu Koya brought a resolution demanding that the State Government intervene in the issue of Kozhikode having no Collector since November.
The former District Collector A. Jayathilak was removed on the orders of the State Election Commission during the run-up to the Thiruvambadi Assembly byelection.
Mr. Koya argued that the absence of a full-time Collector was affecting the smooth functioning of the administration.
The Indian Union Muslim League member and leader of the Opposition P. Mamu Koya Haji seconded the resolution.
However Mayor M. Bhaskaran, who chaired the session, refused to buy the argument of Mr. Koya and said an emergency resolution should be pertaining to an issue that happened after the agenda for the council meeting had been prepared. This was also not the first time the councillor had been warned about attempting to move an emergency resolution, Mr. Bhaskaran said.
He also rubbished the allegation that there was an administrative blockade on account of the absence of a Collector.
A senior official had been given temporary charge to discharge the duties of the Collector, Mr. Bhaskaran said.
In another issue, the Mayor asked the Town Planning Committee to examine if property developers were complying with the rules regarding construction of drains.
Approval for fresh projects should be done after ensuring that the companies adhered to the rules, he said.
Councillors U.T. Rajan and Thomas Mathew alleged that builders were violating norms. The only way to stop the malpractice was to make inspections mandatory, they said.
Mr. Rajan also raised an issue through a calling attention motion about the arbitrary decision of the police to convert Malabar Christian College Road into one-way traffic road. The new regulation was causing inconvenience to motorists. The traffic police should have discussed the issue with the people concerned before taking a decision, he said.
M.C. Anil Kumar, V.V. Sivadasan, P. Divakaran, and P. Mammed Koya spoke on the issue.
Mr. Bhaskaran said he would take up the issue with the Kozhikode City Police Commissioner Balram Kumar Upadhyay.