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'Work on stormwater drain at Ambattur yet to be completed'

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI OCT. 23. The first resolution on laying of a stormwater drain passed by the present Ambattur municipal council is yet to be executed, an independent councillor said at a council meeting on Monday.

The member said the work of laying the stormwater drain was started at a cost of Rs. 29 lakhs between Kalyanapuram and TTP Colony. But, even two years after the work began it was not completed, he said.

However, the Chairman, K. Rukmangathan, said the work was stopped following an objection raised by the railway authorities. Already attempts were made by the officials to convince the railway authorities to give their clearance. Once the clearance was obtained, the work would be completed, he replied.

Another councillor, Balakumaran (DMK), wanted to know whether the officials had initiated any action (as in the city) against those who failed to instal rainwater harvesting structures in their houses. Replying the Chairman said: ``Unlike the city we are not able to initiate severe action. The authorities are taking all efforts to educate the people on installing RWH.''

Yet another issue raised was the increased community dog menace in many residential areas. To this the officials said that already an agency had been identified to carry out the animal birth control programme. Work on this would be started soon.

Some councillors complained of presence of worms in the water supplied through tankers. It was mainly due to direct pumping from the Ambattur Lake, the members alleged. However, the Chairman said he would ask the Health officials to ensure clean and safe drinking water supply.

In some of the residential areas, the contractors claimed that they had completed road-laying works. However, in reality nothing was done, the members charged. The Chairman said he had received similar complaints. The authorities have identified some of the contractors who had not completed the work and notices were issued to them asking for an explanation. If their reply was not satisfactory, the council would even blacklist them, the Chairman said.

After handing over the municipality's garbage collection to a private agency, the workers were allowed to stay in the community hall itself. Did the authorities collect any fees for staying in the hall, one of the councillors wanted to know. Mr. Rukmangathan said as the workers landed in the town suddenly, it was difficult for them to find a place to stay. Suitable places would be allocated to them, where they could put up thatched roofs.

The meeting was mainly called to pass three resolutions, for taking up pavement laying work at a total cost of Rs. 27 lakhs in three different places in the city. However, the work was stopped following a stay issued by the High Court. However, the stay was dismissed, hence the resolution was tabled for the approval, he said.

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