Staff Reporter

ERODE: "Though it is more than six months that the new council has taken charge in Erode, no works have been taken up in major wards. In ward 18, the roads were laid 13 years ago and sewage was flowing on the road due to damage in drainage. Water supply is not maintained properly and the Municipal Elementary School is in a damaged condition," said the AIADMK councillor, V. Senthilkumar, in the municipal council meeting held on Monday. Chairman K. Kumar Murugesh presided over the meeting.

Mr. Senthilkumar to register his protest against non-execution of works, came to the council hall without wearing shirt. Later, he appealed to the Chairman to execute development works in his ward.

Procedure

Mr. Murugesh, in his reply said, "The municipality has to follow certain procedures in executing the works. Immediately after the council sanctions work, it could not be executed as they have to prepare the estimate and it should be published first. After receiving the tenders, the subject should be placed before the council for approval. Because of the procedures involved, the works get delayed sometimes, but it will certainly be done."

Another AIADMK councillor P. Ramachandran wanted the Chairman to visit his ward and execute the works without delay. He charged the municipal officials for the delay in execution of the scheme. Irked over the remarks, the Municipal Engineer Vadivel in an agitated mood said that more than 150 works were carried out in the town, covering all the wards. More works had been sanctioned and after finalisation of tenders, the works would commence.

Earlier Radhamani Bharathy, an Independent councillor, staged a walkout stating that the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporatation Limited (TASMAC) is trying to establish an IMFL shop in her ward. Mr. Murugesh said so far the shop had not been opened in the ward. TASMAC officials visited the ward to select a place for the shop. The councillor may send her dissent note to the Collector.

At one stage, AIADMK, MDMK and DMDK councillors complained that the Chairman was showing partiality.

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