Special Correspondent

‘Lack of allocation for basic amenities causes hardship’

AIADMK, MDMK and BJP boycott all-party meeting

Action sought on alleged irregularities

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation’s all-party meeting on Tuesday on implementing infrastructure development schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission began on a note of discord, with the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Bharatiya Janata Party boycotting it.

Leader of the AIADMK in the Corporation Council P. Rajkumar said he and the representatives of the other two parties held placards near the meeting venue and demanded that the civic body table a White Paper on the schemes in the Council.

They also wanted allocations for basic amenities increased.

The parties also submitted a memorandum to Mayor R. Venkatachalam, demanding the White Paper and action on the alleged irregularities in the invitation of bids for the project to establish two sewage treatment plants.

With a lot of funds being earmarked for the schemes under the mission, the lack of allocations for basic amenities such as roads put the people to hardship.

Sceptical of the mission schemes being implemented within the stipulated seven-year time-frame, the memorandum pointed out that out of the many schemes drawn up at an outlay of Rs.3,186 crore, only two schemes seemed to have taken off.

Only the construction of houses for the urban poor and the ground work for solid waste management had begun, it said.

Officials in the Corporation said the meeting was convened to explain to the parties the status of the development schemes.

The officials wanted to explain at which stage each scheme was, in the light of the demands by the parties for in-depth discussions on the mission schemes in the Council.

The packages to be implemented under the Pilloor water supply scheme and solid waste management project and re-structuring of Vacant Land Tax were discussed at the meeting.

Apart from the Mayor, Corporation Commissioner V.K. Shanmugham, representatives of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India participated.