Staff Reporter

Pedestrians and other road users find unused pipes a great inconvenience, says DMK councillor

KARUR: The Municipal Councillors took strong exception to the `tardy' progress of the underground sewerage scheme work in several parts of the town at the municipal council meet here on Wednesday.

It was the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillor M. Rajalingam, representing ward No. 14, who raised the issue first. Walking into the council a little after the session began, Mr. Rajalingam kept standing, even after a seat was provided. A little later, the DMK councillor left the council hall and returned with a broken stoneware pipe, which he placed in front of the chairperson's table.

He said that a lot of such pipes, used in the underground sewerage scheme, were lying in his ward and pedestrians and other road users found them a great inconvenience. Many have tripped and fell on them, injuring themselves, he claimed. Stating that, he sat on a dharna inside the hall. Officials from the executing agency the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Sewerage (TWAD) Board, were summoned to the hall and they promised that the particular work would be completed in the next 10 days.

Upon that, the DMK councillors rose as one to bitterly complain about the snail's pace at which the underground sewerage work was progressing in the town. Despite repeated calls by elected representatives, including the MP, not much progress was made, they said. Saying the work should be expedited, they warned that if the works were not completed in the next 10 days, all councillors would stage a protest.

Political motive?

In the meantime, an All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillor, E. Muthusamy, representing ward 29, complained that there was a political motive in disallowing a sports meet planned by the party in connection with the former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's birthday at the municipal playground. He said that the Karur MLA, V. Senthil Balaji, had arranged for the meet and had obtained prior permission for the event but the permission was cancelled at the last minute `with a political motive.' Protesting that, the nine AIADMK councillors staged a walkout.