TAMIL NADU

Road list prepared without consultation: councillors

CHENNAI, JAN. 31. The Avadi Municipality council meeting was marred by a row between councillors and officials over a resolution to avail loans for road works.

Heated exchanges were witnessed when a resolution to avail the Rs. 3.3-crore loan from the Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited was placed. One of the components of the loan under TUFIDCO's `Megacity' scheme was the Rs. 2.36-crore proposal to lay 69 roads in the municipality.

Several councillors including Hameed Babu (TMC) and Ramesh (MDMK) charged that the list of roads was prepared without consulting them. Equitable distribution of funds to 48 wards was not done, and at least in one instance of Anna Nagar Main Road, Rs.12 lakhs was earmarked. Works for the same road had been completed recently at a cost of Rs. 8 lakh.

``The officials have no power to send the proposal to TUFIDCO without consulting us,'' the councillors charged, and even moved towards the Commissioner's seat.

The Chairman, S. M. Nasser (DMK), pacified the councillors and deferred the resolution. A new list of damaged roads would be drawn up by the Commissioner after due consultation.

Several councillors also raised a voice of dissent against health officials for being lackadaisical in cleaning the water sources, following fears of outbreak of water-borne disease in Tiruvallur district, AIADMK councillor, Muyalmohan, said.

The municipality also resolved to approach the Central Government for funds to set up an electrical crematorium at Kamaraj Nagar. Mr. Nasser noted that there were 18 cremation grounds within the municipal limits but most of them were along the catchment areas of Red Hills or the Cooum river.

Pollution of these lands would have a bearing on the water ways and hence the municipality has resolved to approach the Ministry of Environment for funds to set up the electrical crematorium.

Another resolution was passed to take up the maintenance of housing board colony in Parutipattu.

Meanwhile, officials at the TUFIDCO said February 5 was the last date for submission of proposals for loans from municipalities and corporations.

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