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DMK Councillors protesting against the passage of a subject related to the ‘Semmozhi Poonga’ at the Corporation council meeting on Thursday.
DMK Councillors protesting against the passage of a subject related to the ‘Semmozhi Poonga’ at the Corporation council meeting on Thursday.

Members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the Corporation Council walked out of the Council meeting on Thursday.

The run up to the walkout started with the Council taking up Subject 11 for discussion.

The Subject was about the Council sending a proposal to the Commissioner for Municipal Administration to make changes in the Government Order concerning the prison grounds.

The State Government had earlier issued Government Order 350 (Home Department) on April 6, 2010 to transfer 45.25 acre that belonged to the Prison to the Corporation for the formation of ‘Semmozhi Poonga’.

The Subject said that consequent upon the issue of the Order as no development work had taken place, the Corporation Council would request the Commissioner for Municipal Administration to change the Order so that the civic body would be able to construct a new zoo, park, indoor stadium, swimming pool, a new road, etc.

It also said that since the Sports Department had allocated Rs. 3.80 crore for the indoor stadium and swimming pool, the Corporation could handover 5.63 of the 45.25 acre to the Department for taking up construction of the same.

DMK Councillors opposed the move saying that the responsibility for not establishing the park was with the present AIADMK government because it did not follow it up.

Ward 61 Councillor S.M. Samy said that the Corporation could consider setting up the indoor stadium at a location that was far away from the city so as to avoid possible traffic congestion. He also suggested taking sports persons’ suggestions before going ahead.

North Zone Chairman P. Rajkumar opposed the move saying that an earlier move to locate a stadium near G.V. Residency drew flak from sportspersons.

As the issue moved away from the stadium to politics with the DMK and AIADMK councillors accusing one another, the former led by Ward 52 Councillor A. Nandhakumar walked out of the Council Hall.

They shouted slogans condemning the proposal.

Mr. Nandhakumar said the decision to scrap the ‘Semmozhi Poonga’ project was due to political vendetta.

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