Special Correspondent

Commissioner informs council meet

MADURAI: The collection from all the five toll gates situated on the 27 km ring road had improved by Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 75,000 on a daily average, said Commissioner S. Sebastine here on Wednesday.

Replying to queries raised by AIADMK councillors led by its leader Salaimuthu at the council meeting, he said that after the Vigilance and Anti-corruption police conducted checks at the toll gates, the corporation authorities swung into action.

“We have introduced more checks on the earnings/collections in each toll gate round-the-clock directly. After studying the progress, the next course will be decided at an appropriate time in consultation with council members,” he noted.

On an average, the toll collection per day was around Rs. 2.90 lakh prior to the raids.

In the last three to four days, it had touched close to Rs. 4 lakh, Mr. Sebastine said.

Not satisfied with the reply, the AIADMK members were up on their feet.

They alleged that corruption had touched an all time high.

Common men suffered due to the nonchalant attitude of officials, they charged and staged a walkout.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) members, who also joined the AIADMK councillors in the walkout, urged the authorities to lay the roads which had been damaged in the recent rains.

“At least carry out patch works and repairs as motorists are put to untold hardships,” they pleaded and accused the Mayor G. Thenmozhi of not taking any action.

The DMK councillors objected to the manner in which the opposition members blamed the Mayor.

Pandemonium prevailed for sometime.

The Madurai Central MLA S. S. Ghouse Basha wanted the Corporation authorities to take steps to fill the ‘potramaraikulam’ at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple with water.

Despite repeated pleas, there had been no action so far, he said.

The Chief Engineer S. Saktivel explained the meetings they had with the temple authorities in this regard. The work would begin in about two months, he added.

A few resolutions, including a proposal to permit advertisers to display advertisements on road medians, could not be passed as the members did not approve of them.