Staff Reporter

Says Local Administration Minister after a review meeting

MADURAI: The Minister for Local Administration, M.K. Stalin, has instructed the officials of local bodies to expedite the ongoing development works and complete them within a timeframe.

After conducting a marathon five-hour-long review meeting with elected representatives and officials of Madurai Corporation, municipalities and other local bodies of the district, Mr. Stalin said he had given instructions to remove all obstacles that were hindering the progress of works under implementation.

Mr. Stalin said the previous Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government had given many development schemes to Madurai Corporation between 1996 and 2001 but the city did not see any significant development in the last five years of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam rule.

Responding to a question, he said all the powers of Mayors in the State, withdrawn by the AIADMK Government, would be restored. "The DMK manifesto has promised to restore all the powers of Mayors," he said.

Roads to be re-laid

Pointing to the poor condition of the city roads that were dug up for implementing underground drainage project, he said 253 km of roads would be re-laid at a cost of Rs. 39.45 crore by August.

"All steps would be taken to get the Rs. 40-crore grant committed by Union Ministry of Urban Development for implementing the underground drainage system in the city," he added. Besides, efforts would be made to expand the project to include 150 streets in uncovered areas at a cost of Rs. 17 crore.

Expansion of hospitals

Mr. Stalin said that the Health Minister, K. K. S. S. R. Ramachandran, had promised to initiate steps to acquire the Anna Bus Stand to expand the Government Rajaji Hospital. The Mayor, C. Ramachandran, said that the Corporation was willing to part with the land free of cost.

Drinking water pipeline

The long-pending issue of providing second drinking water pipeline from the Vaigai dam to the city was also discussed. "On completion of this Rs. 68-crore-project, the city, which has been supplying 67 million litres of water a day to residents on alternate days, will be able to provide 115 MLD," he added. The second phase of Ring Road for 16 km connecting Melur highway with Dindigul highway and desilting of nine drainage channels also came up for discussion.

Modernisation/shifting of the Central Vegetable Market, speeding up of construction work of road over bridges at Sellur, Ellis Nagar and Koodal Nagar were also discussed.

The Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare, R. Tamilarasi, the Secretary to Chief Minister, Muneer Hoda, the Commissioner for Municipal Administration, Niranjan Mardi, the Metro Water Managing Director, Shiv Das Meena, the Joint CMA, Hiteshkumar Makhwana, the Madurai Collector, T. Udhayachandran, and Corporation Commissioner, D.J. Dinakkaren, participated in the meeting.

Later, accompanied by officials, Mr. Stalin inspected the Mattuthavani integrated bus stand, Sellur over bridge and other ongoing works in the city.