Staff Reporter

Row over delay in construction of a Rs. 15-lakh community hall at Rajajipuram

ERODE: Twelve AIADMK councillors on Monday walked out of the council meeting, stating that the construction of a Rs. 15-lakh community hall here for the Scheduled Caste (SC) was being delayed as one of the residents opposed it.

Tenders floated

Vice-chairman Market K. Raja (AIADMK) said the council had passed a resolution to construct a community hall in his ward for SCs of Rajajipuram, with Rs. 10 lakh from MLA Constituency Development Fund and the rest from the municipality. Though tenders were floated, and work orders given, a Dalit from Rajajipuram raised objection as he said it would not be of any use.

Councillor Jagadambal (AIADMK) alleged that several works in her ward were delayed simply because she was a woman. But chairman M. Subramanian denied the charges stating the works proceeded at the same pace in all the 45 wards.

Effluent discharge

When DMK Councillor Geetha Kadirvel complained that huge amount of tannery effluents were discharged into the Kalingarayan canal, the chairman said the complaint would be forwarded to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

To a question by Independent councillor K. Arjunan, Municipal Commissioner K.R. Selvaraj said there were about 1,500 unapproved sites in Erode, and of these, 800-odd sites were approved after the owners remitted the special fees. The remaining were yet to remit the fees.

Toilet maintenance

Mr. Arjunan walked out of the meeting to register his protest against the municipality's decision to hand over maintenance of 34 toilets to private agencies. This would affect sanitary staff, he claimed.

Commissioner Selvaraj said the municipality incurred heavy loss in toilet maintenance, and handing it over to private agencies would bring down the expenses.

The council gave its nod to the administration for setting up a homoeopathy hospital in Erode.