Order on addition of five wards to Corporation placed before council

One-by-one Councillors of AIADMK and DMDK raising a point at the Corporation Council meeting in the city on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy

One-by-one Councillors of AIADMK and DMDK raising a point at the Corporation Council meeting in the city on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M_MOORTHY

The process of delimitation of the wards of the Tiruchi Corporation, with the addition of five more wards, moved one step further with the government order on the matter being placed before the Corporation Council on Tuesday.

The number of wards in the Corporation would go up to 65 from 60 consequent to the merger of the Tiruverambur Town Panchayat and Pappakurichi, Elllakudi, Alathur and Keezha Kalkandarkottai village panchayats with the Tiruchi Corporation.

According to the government notification, wards 1 to 3 of the Pappakurichi panchayat would become the 61st ward of the Corporation; while wards 4 and 5 of the panchayat would make the 62nd ward. Wards 1 to 4 of the Ellakudi panchayat, wards 1 and 2 of Alathur and wards 1 and 2 of Keezha Kalkandarkottai panchayat would constitute the 63rd ward of the Corporation.

Wards 1 to 9 and wards 10 to 18 of the Tiruverambur town panchayat would respectively form the 64th and 65th wards of the Corporation.

The government order and the gazette notification were placed before the council at an urgent meeting chaired by Mayor S.Sujatha to elicit the views of the councillors.

Though no change could be made in the government order, the views of the councillors would be recorded and conveyed to the government, Ms.Sujatha and Corporation Commissioner T.T.Balsamy said.

Speaking on the issue, O.R.Sriraman of the Communist Party of India emphasised the need for the Corporation to seek more funds from the government to provide basic amenities and create the necessary infrastructure in the new wards. Though Tiruchi was upgraded to Corporation in 1994, some of the existing wards in the suburbs still resembled villages and languishing without basic amenities, he observed.

D.Thangaraj of the CPI (M) echoed his views and felt that some of the village panchayats closer to the city in Andhanallur and Manikandam unions should have been merged with the Corporation.

J.Srinivasan, AIADMK floor leader, said all the local bodies that are to be merged were located only on the Eastern side of the city.

A section of the councillors said that Kambarasampettai, Nachikurichi and a few other well developed panchayats around the city should be brought under the Corporation.

Mr.Balsamy said such proposals could be taken up the next time. No change has been made to the existing wards in the Corporation, he said. Earlier, a cross section of the councillors criticised the civic administration for re-deploying about 75 workers, who had been serving as office assistants and electricians in the corporation, for sanitation work.

Mr.Balsamy explained that the deployment was meant to overcome the shortage of sanitary workers. He announced that a committee comprising officials and the elected representatives could study the matter and suggest appropriate re-deployment wherever necessary.

Earlier, the council condoled the demise of former municipal councillor C.K.Govindaraj in the city.

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