Public toilets constructed at 18 locations to be dedicated soon
MADURAI: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, M.K. Alagiri, launched a mega planting of one-lakh tree saplings in the city on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that during electioneering to the Lok Sabha polls last year, he had promised to implement many people-oriented welfare schemes. One among them was to plant one lakh saplings spread over the Lok Sabha constituency, on his victory, he noted.
While many elected representatives had in the past promised to make Madurai a Singapore, so on and so forth, Mr. Alagiri maintained that he would make Madurai a green city. In the wake of global warming, such initiatives to plant saplings would bring in the much needed relief in the future, he underlined.
Mr. Alagiri’s wife, Gandhi Alagiri, distributed saplings to school children, among others, who had turned out in large numbers. He thanked DMK functionary Soodam Mani, who had come forward to maintain the 200-odd saplings planted around Teppakulam. He commended the efforts of the Agriculture and Forest Department officials for making one lakh saplings available for the public.
The Union Minister also said that soon he would dedicate to the public toilets constructed at 18 locations in the city, to be maintained by private sector companies. Presently, public pay-and-use toilets were being operated by the Madurai Corporation. On the lines of such initiatives in metros like New Delhi to keep the city clean, some companies had come forward not only to construct new toilets but also maintain them well at their own expense. This was just a beginning to keep the public places in the ‘temple’ city clean and neat, he added.
Earlier, plant saplings committee chairman K.P.T. Ganesan welcomed the gathering.
Adi Dravidar Welfare Minister A. Tamilarasi, District Collector N. Mathivanan, Corporation Commissioner S. Sebastine, Mayor Thenmozhi Gopinathan, Deputy Mayor P.M. Mannan, zonal chairman V.K. Gurusami, MLA P. Moorthy and former MLA K. Thalapathi participated.
Later, Mr. Alagiri went around the Teppakulam in an open jeep greeting the school students who had come in large numbers and planted saplings around the famous tourist spot.