KERALA

Councillors complain about defunct lights

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Councillors from all parties came together to complain about defunct streetlights in the city at the Corporation Council meeting here on Tuesday.

P.K. Mamu Koya, Congress member, who raised the issue through a calling attention motion, said streetlights were not functional on Florican Road. Streetlights in most wards brought under the Corporation several years ago were defunct, some of them broken by mischief-makers.

C.V. Gireesh of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and A.T. Beeran Koya and K.T. Moideen Koya of the Indian Union Muslim League supported him.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran said he would hold talks with officials of the Kerala State Electricity Board. The councillors needed to discuss the issue at the meeting of a review committee constituted on the problem.

M.C. Anil Kumar of the CPI(M) said such review committees did not meet regularly.

Mosquito menace

On the mosquito menace, Mr. Beeran Koya said the sanitation workers were not spraying pesticides in waterlogged areas.

The Mayor said some of the pesticides had been banned now. He wanted the ward committees to look into the mosquito menace. The Mayor denied the allegation raised by P. Kishen Chand, of the Janata Dal (S) faction in the United Democratic Front, that municipal governance had come to a standstill in 22 wards after some employees were transferred to various circle offices.