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Road, water, sanitation figure in first meeting of the new Council

TIRUCHI: The Mayor Sarubala R. Tondaiman has assured that the newly elected Corporation Council would focus on improving civic amenities in the newly added residential colonies and suburbs of the City.

With the Corporation limits spreading over 140 square kilometres, there was a need for improving the amenities in the newly added residential colonies. Roads are yet to be laid in several suburbs.

The council would strive to address the issue including laying of roads, augmenting drinking water supply and strengthening of drainages over the next five years in these colonies, Mrs. Tondaiman said speaking at the first meeting of the newly elected Corporation Council here on Wednesday.

Drinking water scheme

A new drinking water scheme, for improving supply to the suburbs, was already in the pipeline.

Promising to pursue a development agenda, Mrs. Tondaiman said the Corporation would soon establish a modern slaughter house in the city at an estimated cost of Rs.40 lakh, which would include a Government grant of Rs.20 lakh. The site for the slaughter house has been identified.

The Corporation has been allotted Rs.30 crore under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Scheme for the next five years and the civic body has also requested the Centre to include the city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, though it's population fell below the minimum requirement of 10 lakh. However, with pilgrimage centres such as Srirangam and Samayapuram, the floating population has to be taken into account.

Proposals have also been forwarded to the Union Government seeking an assistance of Rs.31.50 crore under the small and medium towns development project.

Conceding the need for improving sanitation in the city, Mrs. Tondaiman said the services of over 300 sanitary workers and 337 non-muster roll employees in the Corporation would be regularised soon.

Pointing out that 43 newly elected representatives were first time councillors, she pleaded for their cooperation in maintaining the tradition of healthy debate in the house.

A cross-section of the councillors also called for steps to improve sanitation in the city.

M. Venkatraj, an Independent, pointed out that mobile roadside eateries were dumping their refuse on the roads contributing to unhygienic surroundings in many places.

T. Renga, a DMK member, urged the Corporation officials to expedite the temporary repair works on the roads in the residential colonies off the Vayalur Road. Only 40 per cent of the works have been completed, he said.

Answering a query, the Commissioner B.Balachandran said the civic body would continue the eviction drive in Srirangam to prevent encroachments, removed this week, from coming back. He also informed that proposals for improving amenities in the heritage town of Srirangam have been forwarded to the Tourism Department.

Bridge extension

The Council approved a resolution providing for the strengthening of the existing bridge and construction of an additional bridge across the Kudamuritti river on the Kuzhumani Road at an estimated cost of Rs.52.70 lakh. It also approved the revised estimates for various other sanctioned works necessitated by the recent revision of the schedule of rates for raw materials.