Thanjavur not maintained cleanly, say councillors

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Garbage not cleared in many areas, complain members

Sanitary workers not regular in attending to their duties

“Burial ground in Raja Gori crematorium remaining dirty”

THANJAVUR: The Thanjavur Municipal administration came under severe criticism from the Municipal Councillors for not keeping the town clean.

The councillors, cutting across party lines, said at the Council meeting held here on Monday, that garbage was not cleared in many wards and the whole town looked dirty. Sanitary workers were not regular in attending to their duties and even if they attend the work was half done. When questioned they dared the councillors to complain to the Municipal officials. Inspection by officials was also not regular. The members appealed to the Municipal Commissioner to take stringent action against erring sanitary workers.

They also suggested that the signature of councillors should be taken by the respective sanitary workers after they completed the work.

The councillors also wanted to know when the work on laying roads to international standards within Municipal limits would be taken up as promised by the administration. Though an announcement regarding this was made six months ago and a VCD was also played in the Council Hall to impress the members as how the roads would look when they were laid to international standards, nothing seems to be moving. At least patch works on roads should be taken up as a temporary measure, they said.

To this G. Ravi, Municipal Executive Engineer, said that works would be started in three months. At present soil testing was being done at various places to decide on the thickness of roads to be laid. Design would be prepared following this. Tenders would be called and then work would be started. He maintained that patch work was done on some roads.

Kumar, a councillor, said that burial ground in the Raja Gori crematorium remained dirty. While cremation area was maintained clean, area where bodies were buried remained dirty. This area had the cemetery of famous people like Pattukottai Azhagiri, T.K. Neelamegam, another councillor, also appealed to the Municipal administration to keep the burial area clean. Thenmozhi Jayabal, Chairperson, presided over the meeting.

Dog menace

Residents of Arulanandha Nagar and Parisutham Nagar here have appealed to M.S. Shanmugham, Collector, to take steps to put an end to stray dog menace in their areas.

In a petition given to the Collector on Monday, the residents said that there were many coaching classes in their areas run by expert teachers for Tenth and Plus Two students. These students come to the classes early in the morning and also in the evenings and leave the classes during night. These students are often chased away or scared by the dogs.

Walkers also face the same problem.

Some were bitten by dogs and admitted to hospitals.

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