Staff Reporter

ERODE: Councillors of Dharapuram Municipality complained to the Chairperson, S. Santhy, about the illegal pumping of water by some people and sought action. An urgent meeting of the Dharapuram Municipal Council was held on Friday.

Councillor Padmavathy squatted on the floor inside the council hall and said that there was no proper drainage facility in her ward. She had been urging the council for the construction of a drainage channel for the last five years, but nothing was done.

The Chairperson asked the municipal officials to prepare a project immediately and assured the councillor that the drainage would be constructed soon.

Councillor Elangovan said that many people were drawing the municipal water using electric motors. Santhy told the officials to take stringent action against those indulged in such activity.

Bhoopathy, a councillor, said that at present Dharapuram was getting drinking water once in five days and many borewells had dried up in his ward. He urged the council to take steps to streamline the supply in all wards.

Some councillors complained about the non-cleaning of garbage and the Chairperson said that the municipality had purchased dumper bins for the purpose. The Vice-Chairman, Srinivasan, said to lift the bins, a hydraulic system was fitted in a lorry, but it was not functioning properly.

The councillors complained that the cost of the bins was high. Santhy said that the bins would be kept in the municipal office and a detailed letter to the Regional Director of Municipal Administration would be sent about the bins and also the hydraulic system. The councillors demanded street lights in the municipal areas. They also wanted the burial ground and burning ghat to be cleaned.