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BETTER SERVICES: Councillors of Tirunelveli Corporation making a point with the Mayor, A.L. Subramanian, at a meeting on Wednesday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
BETTER SERVICES: Councillors of Tirunelveli Corporation making a point with the Mayor, A.L. Subramanian, at a meeting on Wednesday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Staff Reporter

Tirunelveli Corporation for better waste management

TIRUNELVELI: The Corporation has put on hold its proposal to establish a separate enclosure within the New Bus Stand at Vaeinthaankulam near Palayamkottai for private omni buses operated from Tirunelveli to far off places. This was following objections raised by some members.

With the aim of generating income from the vacant land situated west of the existing two and four-wheelers parking bay at the bus stand, it was proposed to establish a separate bay for the omni buses. The luxury coaches are at present being parked near Tirunelveli Junction, causing traffic snarls. The Minister for Environment and Pollution Control, T.P.M. Maideen Khan, inspected the place recently and gave the nod. It was also proposed to find a consultant to prepare a detailed project report.

When the proposal came up for discussion at the council meeting on Wednesday, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) member from Ward 19, P. Thiyagarajan, said that the omni buses should not be allowed inside the New Bus Stand as they could "poach" the passengers of State Express Transport Corporation.

The Chairman of Thatchanallur Zone, P. Subramanian, said that omni bus operators could be asked to operate either from Tirunelveli Junction Bus Stand or from a place close to Tirunelveli Railway Junction. Following this, a final decision was put on hold.

Members, cutting across party lines, appealed to the Mayor, A.L. Subramanian, to initiate steps to fill up the conservancy worker vacancies so that garbage disposal and other cleaning activities within the local body's jurisdiction would be carried out effectively.

However, Suba. Seetharaman, Chairman of Palayamkottai Zone, was doubtful about filling up the vacancies, "as the Corporation will have to allocate more than 49 per cent of its revenue towards paying salaries of its employees, which is against Government norms."

The Commissioner, T. Mohan, said that he would forward a letter to the State Government to fill up the vacancies and ensure better solid waste management system.

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