Staff Reporter

Municipal Council asks officials to take action

KARUR: All members of the Karur Municipal Council would extend unstinted support to the officials in clearing the Muthukumarasamy Bus Stand here of encroachments and also in keeping the toilets and public conveniences tidy, Chairman K.V. Ramasamy has said.

Responding to the DMK floor leader, N. Maniraj's pointed reference to media reports of the pathetic state of affairs at the bus stand, Mr. Ramasamy presiding over the Municipal Council meeting here on Tuesday, observed that far too many encroachments repeatedly spring choking the pavements at the bus stand.

"We'll assure you that we won't interfere in your work'', he told the Commissioner M. Vijayalakshmi.

Councillor Tiripurasundari observed that the stench emanating from the public conveniences in the bus stand was unbearable and could pose health hazards to the public who patronise the eateries and sweet meat shops nearby.

The CPI councillor, R. Natarajan, observed that a person from Bangalore had recently written a strong letter to the Karur MP, K. C. Palanisamy, drawing his attention to the state of affairs at the Muthukumarasamy bus stand.

The plight of the passengers and commuters was horrible. The bus stand remained an eyesore, he claimed.

During the course of the meeting, the AIADMK councillors criticised the Chairman for acting with an ulterior motive in suspending their party colleague, K. Vadivel, for two meetings.

The DMK members objected to that claiming that the councillor should have been dismissed for his act of lunging at the chairman. A heated argument ensued at the end of which, the AIADMK members staged a walk out.

The council also witnessed a spirited discussion on the draft list of polling stations in certain wards and rotation of gender in representing certain wards.

The AIADMK objected to the shifting of a polling station in Ward No. 15 from the Municipal High School, Kottaimedu, to the St. Theresa Elementary School, The DMK members supported the move saying that would benefit the voters. Mr. Ramasamy said the members could only register their views and it was up to the officials to decide.