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Stand-off at Alandur civic body meet

Staff Reporter

Officials acted on their own: councillors

TAMBARAM: The stand-off between the elected representatives and officials of the Alandur Municipality once again came to the fore with one of the councillors sitting on the floor of the house stating that he would not budge from the spot until he was given a suitable explanation on the persisting problems in his locality.

As the meeting of the council began, councillors and officials stood in silence for one minute to condole the death of Munu Adhi, former Assembly Speaker and Alandur MLA. R.S. Bharathi, Chairman, recalled that it was Munu Adhi's efforts that helped in upgrading Alandur to a municipality from a panchayat.

The councillors were then asked to voice their grievances one by one.

However, some of the councillors made a mockery of the entire exercise by preventing other elected representatives from speaking, forcing angry reaction from others, particularly the women. Even as efforts were made to bring in some order, the councillors charged that though they made the same complaints again and again, there was no end to the civic problems in their wards.

The councillors said the officials ignored their grievances and acted on their own. Even as the officials were replying to the charges, K. Sundaramurthy, DMK councillor of Ward No. 16, said that he had been repeatedly making a demand to streamline the supply of drinking water in his area and to spruce up the Nanganallur market that was in a very pathetic state.

Floor leader of the DMK, Mr. Sundaramurthy said as none of his appeals was looked into, he would squat inside the meeting hall premises and would leave only after receiving a convincing reply from the officials. He then sat in front of the Chairman's table continuing to point out the reported inaction on his demands. However, he was pulled up by some of the councillors and in the confusion that followed, the meeting was announced closed.

Earlier, the Chairman said that unless all the pending works in the municipality were completed by the end of July, the council meeting would not be convened.

Mr. Bharathi charged that several works were left half-way due to non-payment of money to the contractors by the municipality.

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