Ramanathapuram municipality has fixed Rs. 7000 for underground drainage connection per household and the house owners have been put to much hardship due to this exorbitant levy.
As Ramanathapuram town is seen as a backward area, a 100 per cent subsidy to implement the underground drainage scheme is necessary.
The Ministry for Urban Development has been providing cent per cent subsidy for implementation of the underground drainage scheme and this can be utilised by the district administration.
The newly elected chairman of the municipality should approach the state government and avail the subsidy from the urban development ministry.
Renew blood bank licence
Though the State government has opened a blood bank in a Primary Health Centre at Panavaram village in Vellore district, the blood bank licence for the blood bank at the Government Hospital in Paramakudi has been cancelled. Paramakudi is an accident prone zone and frequent accidents take place in and around Paramakudi on the NH49.
I request the authorities concerned to take steps to renew the blood bank licence for the benefit of the accident victims.
Toll gate collections
When one enters Madurai from NH49 Rameswaram-Madurai road via Ring Road, Rs. 5 per car is collected at plaza no. 1 noting down the charge as “From Madurai to Madurai”.
But on the other hand, while driving back from Madurai on the same road to reach NH49, the same toll plaza collects fare at the rate of Rs. 10 per car noting it down as “From Madurai to Ramnad Road'.
This is nothing but cheating of the public by the Madurai corporation authorities. I appeal to the government to set right this kind of excess collection which is unjustified.
Tasks before the local bodies
In the recent local body elections, the people have chosen fresh teams and it is hoped that the new members will ensure a better life by repairing the potholed roads, so that the vehicle users and the pedestrians are guaranteed of free and safe movement, by ruthlessly removing all unauthorized structures that hinder easy movement of traffic, by clearing garbage and debris from demolished houses and also by ensuring free flow of drainage water.
These measures if taken will make for a clean and healthy life for the public.
With the new panchayat presidents taking charge it is time that basic amenities are provided in the rural areas in Theni district. Kadamalaigundu, a village, in the district is badly in need of public toilets.
In most of the villages around Theni, villagers can be seen defecating on the road sides.
The Tamil Nadu Government has formulated a scheme for construction of toilets in houses that have no such facilities in villages at subsidised rates .
The newly elected panchayat presidents must avail this scheme an work to improve the basic amenities of the rural populace.