Kozhikode

Fronts cautious at Beypore

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The erstwhile Beypore panchayat has experienced a steady flow of funds providing immense possibilities for development after it was attached to the Kozhikode Municipal Corporation in 2010. But even the sitting councillors are unsure of whether they were able to completely utilise the funds and possibilities.

The five years being part of the Corporation has brought in many changes in the seven wards – Beypore Port, Beypore, Marad, Naduvattom, Punchappadam, Arakkinar and Mathottam – of the Kozhikode Corporation that were once part of the Beypore panchayat. The roads have become better as have the footpaths, drainages and so on. The councillors are satisfied that they could help many people through pensions and other schemes. But there have been shortcomings, mainly due to non-availability of staff in the Kozhikode Corporation.

“We do not have a health officer for this circle. Many other officials are also missing. The community hall for which we spent a lot of money is still not ready for use, as the electrical works are pending. This is due to the shortage of staff in the electrical wing of the Corporation,” said councillor P. Jalaja of the Beypore Port ward.

P. Madhavadas, UDF candidate in the ward, however, feels that the Corporation had a lack of interest in matters concerning the Beypore region in general. “The streetlights mostly do not work. The stadium ground work is still pending with only four pillars constructed there,” he said adding that the condition of the community hall was just another example.

With slight discontent brewing among the public, both the UDF and the LDF have chosen their candidates carefully for the local body polls this time. Six out of the seven wards had favoured the LDF last time, while one went for the IUML. But only the lone UDF candidate had the chance to contest again – K.K. Saifunnissa, the sitting councillor of Arakkinar ward, is contesting from Mathottam this time. The LDF is fielding former Beypore panchayat president P.P. Beeran Koya in Arakkinar.

The BJP too has a strong presence in some of the wards. Mr. Madhavadas is convinced that it is not the LDF but the BJP that he has to really compete with in his ward. Similar triangular competition is expected in other parts of the region too.

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