Says government neglecting infrastructure needs of Tirupur
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam activists staged a demonstration in front of the Corporation office here on Thursday to express their displeasure over the apathy shown by the Corporation administration and the state government when it comes to infrastructure development.
C. Shanmugavel, MLA, who was recently appointed the party's Tirupur district secretary, said that there had been no significant schemes in the last five years to improve the drinking water supply in the city as the promised fourth drinking water scheme still remains in papers.
“It should be noted the previous two schemes were implemented during Amma's (referring to AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa),” he added.
Likewise, initiatives had been lacking to ease the traffic congestions in the city even as the situation was drifting from bad to worse every day.
Mr. Shanmugavel alleged that the Corporation administration had misused the Rs. 40 crore corpus allocated to construct storm water drains in almost 175 layouts across the city as was evident from the quality of the drains built, which is far from satisfactory.
Of the Rs 40 crore, the Corporation obtained 65 per cent as loan from Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), a development bank based at Franfurt in Germany.
The AIADMK sought an explanation from the administration about the surplus pipes from the third drinking water scheme, worth around Rs. 80 lakh, which were reported missing.
C. Sivasami, MP, and MLAs Pollachi Jayaraman, S. M. Velusamy, R. Prema, took part.
Expressing solidarity to the agitation, the leaders from Left Parties and MDMK also spoke.