Staff Reporter

Councillor stages walkout at meeting complaining that her requests go unheeded

ERODE: DMK councillor Geetha Kadirvel walked out of the Erode municipal council's emergency meeting on Monday complaining that despite requests, residents in her ward continued to receive water after midnight sometimes. Kadirvel said water shortage had been a problem in her ward for the last five years and the residents received water only once in three days. The supply was irregular and sometimes the residents had to wait as late as 2 a.m.

The municipal commissioner, K.R. Selvaraj, said her ward received water through a 20-lakh-litre tank. And if it were not filled completely, water would be given to wards. So, if a few wards were not supplied water in time, it would be made the next day. He said he was not aware of water being supplied this late, and ensured it would be done before midnight.

Unconvinced, Ms. Kadirvel walked out of the hall stating that nothing had been done despite repeated requests.

Independent councillor S. Rajendran said the council had passed a resolution to construct a community hall near Marapalam in his ward. But nothing had happened. Mr. Selvaraj said details were sent to the Collector, and construction would begin after his approval.

Keeping with the controversy over hazardous chemicals in soft drinks, independent councillor Radhamani Bharathy asked if the administration would initiate action against selling them. Chairman M. Subramanian said that the municipality had not received any instruction from the Government.

AIADMK councillor K. Rajkumar said mosquitoes were immune to fogging and demanded that a strong chemical be used. The municipal health officer promised concentration of the chemical would be increased. AIADMK councillor K.S. Gopal complained that a municipal building inspector did not cooperate with the councillors, and staged a walkout.

Layout approval

As unapproved layouts in Erode municipal limits are to be regularised, residents could apply to the municipality with photocopies of documents, said Mr. Subramanian earlier. The charge for approval would be Rs. 2 a sq.ft.