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Argument over construction of public toilet on Agraharam Street

FRAYED TEMPERS:Councillors have a heated argument on Monday during the monthly meeting of the Erode Corporation.— PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
FRAYED TEMPERS:Councillors have a heated argument on Monday during the monthly meeting of the Erode Corporation.— PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The monthly Corporation Council meeting on Monday witnessed heated arguments between ruling party councillors and a Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi representative over the construction of a public toilet.

Patta land

The toilet on Agraharam Street in Ward 55 was purportedly constructed after the clearance given by the Survey Department stating that the spot was a poramboke land. Only later, it came to light, after a second scrutiny following a query made under Right to Information Act, that the toilet was constructed on a patta land.

Since there was a resolution in the agenda stating that the toilet was constructed on a patta land and hence must be demolished, VCK councillor Vinayagamoorthy demanded an explanation from the officials and charged them with having given the clearance for “monetary considerations.”

Infuriated by this statement, the AIADMK members started heading towards Mr. Vinayagamoorthy.

Deputy Mayor K.C. Palanichamy intervened and saved the situation from getting out of control. “Charges must not levelled without proof,” he said. 

Mayor Mallika Paramasivam said that the statement of the VCK member was uncalled for and declared that no official would dare to indulge in corrupt practices in the AIADMK regime. Meanwhile, faced with opposition from several members, the Mayor said the proposal to hike professional tax would be referred to the State Government.

Despite Commissioner M. Vijayalakshmi spelling out the norms that the professional tax must necessarily be increased between 25 and 35 percentage points once in five years, the members insisted that the increase must not exceed 10 percentage points.

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