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Council discusses accumulation of garbage in Ooty

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‘Problem will become hard to deal with as season progresses’

Sit-in protest:Members stress a point at a meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council on Thursday. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Sit-in protest:Members stress a point at a meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council on Thursday. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The accumulation of garbage in various parts of the town figured prominently at a meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council held here on Thursday. Municipal Chairman K. Sathyabama presided over the meeting.

Pointing out that it was a source of concern, J. Ravikumar (DMK) expressed the apprehension that the problem will become hard to deal with as the season progresses.

Stating that members can only draw the attention of the civic administration to the problem, R. Madhavan (AIADMK) said, “we cannot keep repeating the complaints”.

Regretting that the post of Municipal Health Officer has been lying vacant for the past six months, they said that even the Town Planning Officer was conspicuously absent in the council meetings.

Municipal Commissioner K. Sivakumar said that appropriate action would be taken and henceforth all the officials would be present.

Adverting to the growing parking related problems in the town, Mr. Ravikumar said that on many of the roads local people are parking their vehicles for hours together. The municipality should identify roads along which parking is not allowed. Roadside workshops should be removed.

Unauthorised constructions are mushrooming, he added.

Mr. Madhavan said that the sinking of borewells should not be allowed in any part of the town.

Thambi Ismail (DMDK) complained that at many places connections to the underground drainage system were not being done properly.

Vinodha (Congress) staged a demonstration by sitting on the floor in protest against the boundaries of her ward not being clearly defined. Ravi (DMK), who protested in a similar manner, alleged that his ward was one of the most neglected in the municipality.

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