Staff Reporter

Funds allocated for schemes not sufficient: AIADMK

SALEM: Proposals to lay underground power cables, establish windmills to cut energy expenditure, set up a mobile tax collection centre and construct new office buildings are among the new development works announced in the Salem Corporation budget for 2007-08 on Tuesday.

Presenting the budget, Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini told the council members that power cables would be laid under the ground at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 crore. The Electricity Ministry had approved the proposal. Service ducts for the cables would be established while implementing the underground drainage project.

Windmills

It was also planned to install windmills in order to cut the expenditure on power. Ms. Priyadarshini said, "The electricity expenditure of the civic body is going up year after year.

With the power generated through the windmills, the civic administration will be able to bring down the spending on electricity." The place for installing windmills would be selected after a detailed study.

Sixty solar-power lamps would also be installed at a cost of Rs. 10.80 lakh, she said.

E-governance

Another important plan was to establish a mobile tax collection centre. "The Corporation will try to introduce e-governance at all levels and make its offices paperless," she added.

With a number of its offices functioning in old buildings, the civic administration also decided to construct new office buildings with all modern facilities, including a conference hall, at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crore.

Besides these new projects, the Mayor promised that the Corporation's ambitious programmes, including Tirumanimutharu river project-Phase-II, underground drainage project, solid waste management programme, dedicated water supply scheme and integrated housing slum development programme would commence in the coming financial year.

Cooperation sought

The ruling party members said that the budget proposals would address all infrastructure requirements of the city. Leader of the ruling party, P. Natesan (DMK), hailing the budget, sought the cooperation of all the councillors for implementation of the programmes.

Opposition Leader Venkatachalam (AIADMK) said that the funds allocated for many programmes were not sufficient.

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