Special Correspondent

Thanks to reservation of seats in the local body elections

Thanjavur: The Thanjavur Municipality will have the first woman chairperson on October 28 in its 140 years history thanks to the reservation made for women in the local body elections.

J. Thenmozhi, 51, wife of Jayabal, former Municipal councillor and daughter of late Nannilam Nadarajan, DMK speaker, has been chosen as the candidate for the post.

Her election has now been a foregone conclusion as the party has announced her as the chairperson candidate.

The Thanjavur Municipality was formed in the year 1866. Since then only male candidates have been its chairmen, including Rao Bahadur A. Y. Arulanandasamy Nadar, S. Ayyasamy Vandayar, A. Y. S. Parisutha Nadar, K. V. Sachidananda Moopanar, K. V. Venugopal Naidu, Nadaraja Manicka Nattar, S. Pethannan, A. V. Pathi and C. Iraivan.

Thenmozhi succeeds K. Sultan Mohideen who was the chairman from 2001-2006.

While people of Thanjavur, particularly women welcome a woman as chairperson, they also feel that there are certain works to be taken up urgently.

Completion of underground drainage work is one of them.

The Rs.75-crore project has been taken up with State and Central Governments fund plus Municipality's contribution.

Almost all the roads in the town has been dug and are not motorable.

Some roads remain dangerous even for pedestrians. Situation has become worse with North East monsoon picking up.

There are 29 DMK, 16 AIADMK, two Congress, one CPI(M) members in the 51-member council. The others are Independents.