Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: The Committee on Government Assurances of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly flayed the municipal administration for poor maintenance of toilets at the old bus stand, here on Tuesday.

T. Velmurugan, chairman of the Committee, and members, Rani Venkatesan, A. Soundarapandiyan, K.L. Elavazagan and P. Balaraman, were in the town to inspect the extent to which the assurances and undertakings given by Ministers on the floor of the House from time to time, were implemented at the ground level.

The members criticised senior municipal officials for not taking action against the contractors of pay-and-use toilets functioning at the bus stand for levying “exorbitant” usage charges from customers.

The unhygienic environment at the tea stalls inside the bus stand too came in for heavy criticism.

During a visit to the new bus stand, Mr. Velmurugan pulled up the municipal sanitary inspectors after the committee members found contaminated water kept at eatery stalls set up there for the passengers.

The members asked the Collector, R. Palaniyandi, to immediately take necessary action against the operators of a two-wheeler stand situated adjacent to the new bus stand for charging rates higher than in the contract they had signed up with the municipality.

It was found during the inspection that the contractor was charging Rs.3 a motorbike for six hours, though the terms of the contract stipulated to obtain just Rs.2 for 24 hours. The committee also noticed that the contractor was issuing bogus receipt to the users of the stand.

Mr. Velmurugan told reporters that the committee was displeased with the overall functioning of municipal administration, since many of the public complaints pertaining to basic amenities at the bus stands and public places were found unattended for long periods.