TAMIL NADU

Improve medical college hospital, says CPI(M)

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The City Council of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has appealed to the State Government to take steps to upgrade the K.A.P.Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital in Tiruchi.

Though the Union Government had previously planned to upgrade the hospital on par with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences with an investment of Rs.120 crore, the project has not materialised so far. The State Government should intervene in the matter and ensure the promotion of the hospital, a resolution adopted at the 19th district conference of the party’s city council held here recently said.

It also appealed to the government to issue house site pattas for all poor families which do not have houses in Tiruchi City. The underground drainage system should be extended to the entire City as several areas would still be left uncovered even after the underground drainage scheme, currently under execution, was commissioned.

The flood control measures, announced by the government, should also be immediately started. The Corporation should withdraw its decision to hike the water tax and deposits for new domestic connections.

A pedestrian subway should be constructed near the Teppakulam Head Post Office on the West Boulevard Road, in view of the difficulties encountered by people on the road with very heavy traffic density.

The Corporation should also improve its health, maternity centres and siddha hospitals by allotting more funds.

All encroachments on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur Road, between the Gandhi Market and Ariyamangalam Palpannai, should be removed to decongest the road.

The road should be widened to make it a double lane road. Encroachments by commercial establishments on busy road stretches should be removed.

The council also appealed to the State Transport Corporation to operate more special buses during the festival seasons in view of the heavy demand. This was also essential to prevent exploitation of passengers by the omni-bus operators. It requested the Railways to introduce additional day trains from Tiruchi to Chennai and other important centres.

Alleging rampant corruption in execution of development works in the Corporation and other local bodies in the district, the council demanded action against officials and elected representatives indulging in corrupt practices. A committee, comprising representatives of all political parties, should be constituted to monitor the implementation of development schemes, another resolution said.

The district secretary S. Sridhar and other leaders addressed the conference.

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