TAMIL NADU

Council passes resolution ratifying ban on plastic

Discussing progress: DMK councillor Revathi Ashok engaged in a heated argument with an AIADMK member T.S. Murugan at the corporation council meeting in Tirunelveli on Wednesday.

Discussing progress: DMK councillor Revathi Ashok engaged in a heated argument with an AIADMK member T.S. Murugan at the corporation council meeting in Tirunelveli on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Staff Reporter

Space to be given for ATMs at Vaeinthaankulam new bus stand

TIRUNELVELI: The Corporation council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution ratifying the District Collector’s recent order that banned the manufacture, storage, sale and use of non-biodegradable plastic products with the thickness of 20 micron and below this specification.

In a bid to make the district plastic-free, Collector M. Jayaraman, in association with the Department of Environment, recently issued orders to send the plastic waste to a cement manufacturing unit located on the outskirts of Tirunelveli to be used as supplement fuel along with the regular fuel, coal, in the manufacture of cement.

Since the Municipal Corporation has to give its nod for the ban that has been enforced with the objective of improving the environment, a resolution was placed before the Council meeting held on Wednesday. The resolution was passed unanimously.

Palayamkottai Zone chairman Suba. Seetharaman sought details about the commencement of work on second phase of underground drainage scheme. Replying to him, Mayor A.L. Subramanian said the corporation that had already been burdened with the obligation of spending Rs. 26 crore on the first phase of the underground drainage programme (50 per cent of the total cost) would commence the work once the finances started looking up and the government released its share.

He also said that any decision on giving reconnection to the residents who had taken illegal drinking water connections in ward 17 would be taken only by the Minister concerned.

The meeting also decided to provide space at Vaeinthaankulam new bus stand (both near the main entrance) for establishing ATM centres of Punjab National Bank and Indian Bank.

The council decided in favour of awarding the Rs. 2.49-crore contract to Melss Automation Limited, Chennai, for executing the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) to monitor the supply of drinking water within Tirunelveli Corporation. After maintaining the system for one year without any charges, the contractor would look after the system for the next five years by charging Rs.1.19 crore.

Corporation’s land, measuring about 50 cents, would be handed over to the Department of Adi Dravida Welfare for the construction of a hostel for the SC / ST girl students of Rani Anna Government College for Women, it was finalised.

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