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Concentrate on improving amenities, say councillors

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Making a point:An AIADMK councillor speaking at the Salem Corporation Council meeting on Thursday. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Making a point:An AIADMK councillor speaking at the Salem Corporation Council meeting on Thursday. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

Ruckus prevailed at the monthly meeting of the Corporation Council here on Thursday when opposition DMK councillors wanted the civic body to concentrate on improving the basic amenities similar to the efforts shown on constructing Amma Unavagams in 15 days.

When the council met, Mayor S. Soundappan, four zonal chairmen and AIADMK councillors thanked Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for sanctioning 10 canteens to the city.

Councillor belonging to DMK V. Deivalingam (Ward 10) questioned that if the civic body could construct the canteens in record time, why it cannot take efforts to fulfil basic amenities.

Councillors of AIADMK condemned it and the House witnessed chaotic situation. A few councillors also said that a canteen had been constructed on a graveyard premises, near Jothi Theatre, in Ammapet and wanted it to be shifted.

M. Bhuvaneswari (DMK) said that tardy underground drainage work was worrying the residents and wanted to know when it would be completed.

The Mayor said that due to poor administration of the previous government, works were delayed and assured her that all steps were taken to expedite the works.

On the drinking water issue, the Mayor said that currently the civic body receives 60 MLD of water from Mettur and borewells were drilled in each ward to solve water crisis.

The issue of poor public contribution for schemes, autorickshaw menace, shortage of sanitary workers, and lack of bus shelters in city limits were raised by the councillors.

They also expressed concern over the mounting electricity bill of the civic body, which was Rs. 12 crore and wanted to know when the LED bulbs and solar power systems would be installed.

When the issue of Panamarathupatti Lake – Salem water supply scheme came up for discussion, the Mayor said that the scheme was not feasible and only paved way for irregularities. Condemning it, DMK councillors staged a walkout.

Resolutions, including drilling of 44 borewells at a cost of Rs. 1.44 crore, relaying of tar-topped roads inside New Bus Stand at a cost of Rs. 30.50 lakh, sanctioning of Rs. 9.53 crore for laying 15.182 km roads and establishing bio-methanation plant at a cost of Rs. 1.60 crore in Veeranam compost yard were passed.

Commissioner M. Ashokan, engineers and officials participated.

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