Staff Reporter

On an outlay of Rs. 6.37 crore: Municipal Chairperson

PUDUKOTTAI: A total of 68 works will be implemented in Pudukottai under the Urban Integrated Development Scheme for Small and Medium Town (UIDSSMT) on an outlay of Rs. 6.37 crore, the Municipal chairperson, C. Ramathilagam, has said.

Presiding over the first meeting of the council here on Monday, she said that priority would be on providing drinking water to the wards facing acute shortage.

A maximum of Rs.1.4 crore would be spent for the construction of overhead tanks at Kamarajapuram, Gandhi Nagar, Poonga Nagar and Machuvadi.

The council would also focus on solid waste management, under which 14 works would be taken up at an estimate of Rs. 1.02 crore.

A total of 35 works on road improvement would be taken up for which the municipality would spend Rs. 2.35 crore, while Rs. 1 crore would be spent for constructing drainages.

While 90 per cent of the outlay would be released by the Central and State Governments as subsidy-based loan, the municipality would have to take up the balance, she said.

The municipality would take strict action against encroachments.

An earthmover would be purchased for demolition work at encroached sites. Unauthorised structures on watercourse, poramboke and other irrigational channels would be cleared shortly.

A special anti-mosquito unit would be formed in the municipality to launch anti-larva measures.

At the end of a prolonged discussion on the purchase of a car for the chairperson, Ms. Ramathilagam deferred the agenda, endorsing the views of a few councillors on the poor revenue of the municipality.

The council witnessed a heated discussion when a few councillors referred to the takeover of the by-cycle stand, toilet and other services at the old and new bus stands from the contractors.

The Municipal Commissioner, Mahabooba, clarified that she had to takeover the services, as the contractors had failed to pay their dues.