TAMIL NADU

Pallavaram councillors, officials to go on collection drive

CHENNAI, JAN. 31. The Pallavaram municipal councillors and officials will conduct a door-to-door campaign to mobilise deposits for the proposed Rs.36-crore sewer scheme.

Responding to questions from councillors on the scheme's progress as the local body had collected nearly Rs.2 crores so far, the municipal chairman, C. Dhansingh, said an additional Rs.2 crores had to be collected for initiating the tender process.

He said a deposit drive would assure the residents that the municipality was serious about implementing the project even after the change of Government.

The CPM councillor, S. Narasimhan, said the municipality should seek more funds from the CMDA for development work, for money collected under the regularisation scheme and development charges from the town were being channeled to it.

Many councillors called for early completion of the MIT road over-bridge and said there was a delay in acquiring land on the MIT side. BJP councillor, V. Santhanam, said some property owners were willing to hand over land sought for the project, but they had not received the acquisition notices.

Mr. Dhansingh said the Kancheepuram Collector, K. Rajaraman, had emphasised the need to accelerate work on the ROB and recently had asked the Revenue Department to speed up the acquisition process.

The council for the third time decided to postpone a resolution authorising financial assistance under the golden jubilee slum development programme. Many councillors said the norms for selection (below poverty line) were not followed properly and the beneficiaries who figured in the list had income above the poverty line norm.

The Commissioner said they had been chosen based on a survey done in April 1997. However, additions could be made, subject to fulfilling the norms laid down for eligibility.

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