Tuesday, Sep 28, 2004
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By Our Staff Reporter
COIMBATORE, SEPT. 27. The Mayor, T. Malaravan, today announced that a high-level committee would be formed immediately to probe the alleged irregularities in the maintenance of streetlights and overpricing of accessories.
Winding up a marathon debate over the issue at the Coimbatore Corporation Council meeting today, he said the committee would be headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the Corporation and Commissioner In-Charge, M. Rahim.
The decision to form a fresh committee followed persistent demands from a section of the Opposition partiesthat felt that the present panel, headed by the West Zone Chairman, K. Ravindran, was inadequate as the scale of irregularities was high.
As the present contract for privatised maintenance of streetlights would end this month, the Council agreed to try out for a year inviting open tenders from manufacturers for supply of spares, instead of buying them from dealers.
Until the next contract was awarded, the Corporation workers would switch on and switch of streetlights across the city.At present, workers of the private parties did it for a price.
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