Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2005
Google



Tamil Nadu
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

Tamil Nadu - Chennai Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Council meet approves three development works

Staff Reporter

Flood control measures neglected, say Opposition councillors Flood control measures neglected, say Opposition councillors


  • Creation of new compost plant approved
  • "No transparency in relief distribution process"
  • Opposition councillors stage walkout



    COUNCIL RECONVENED: Councillor Vijay Ramakrishnan (right), who heads the finance committee, presides over the Chennai Corporation council meeting on Monday. Beside him is the Corporation Commissioner M.P. Vijayakumar. — Photo: M. Vedhan

    CHENNAI: Three major development works figured in the 120 resolutions adopted without debate or discussion at the Chennai Corporation's council meeting on Monday. Among various projects discussed, two major projects were announced for north Chennai at a cost of nearly Rs. 11 crores.

    The council, presided over by Vijay Ramakrishnan, approved the creation of a new compost plant, building of a flyover and a road bridge across the Buckingham Canal in Tondiarpet. A resolution approved by the civic body pertains to composting of rubbish at the Kodungaiyur landfill. The civic body launched the source segregation drive in late 2004, but with not much success. While some rubbish was segregated by the civic body in the zones, most of the segregated garbage went back to landfill. The approved mechanical compost plant, estimated to cost Rs. 10.4 crores can process 500 metric tonnes of biodegradable waste every day.

    A flyover connecting Indira Nagar II Avenue and C.P.T Road (Taramani) costing Rs. 1.76 crores was approved. Residents in Zone 1 of the Corporation may now look forward to an easing of traffic congestion in their area. The council has approved of a road bridge across the Buckingham Canal connecting MGR Nagar and Ezhil Nagar in Tondiarpet in north Chennai. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 1.23 crores.

    Flood relief was the hotly-debated topic in the Chennai Corporation council meeting on Monday. Opposition party councillors termed the distribution process "highly unfair" and "lacking in transparency". After intense discussion for over four hours, the meeting came to an abrupt end when Opposition party councillors walked out because their demand for a resolution on "relief for all affected families" was not met.

    "Excluded"

    The primary contention of the councillors was that they were excluded in the process of identification of the affected people. They wanted to know on what basis the Collectorate, Corporation and Revenue department had drawn up the lists. "We are the ones who meet the local people everyday and face their wrath. But we have not been given specific information about the beneficiaries or the guidelines that were used to identify them," DMK councillor V. Kalyanasundaram said.

    "Special preference"

    Mr. Kalyanasundaram also stated that R.K. Nagar and Royapuram constituencies seemed to have been given special preference as they were headed by AIADMK MLAs. Relief distribution was almost complete in these two areas while parts of the Harbour constituency were totally neglected, he said.

    Congress councillor Royapuram Mano alleged that the Corporation's efforts for flood control lacked transparency. He charged that there was no information available on the funds spent on flood control measures, such as desilting of storm water drains.

    DMK floor leader C.V. Malayan wanted to know why floodwater had failed to drain off in many areas even three days after the rains had stopped.

    "The city has about 1,000 km of storm water drainage but most of the network has become heavily silted. Had they been desilted as a precaution, much damage could have been prevented," he said.

    Opposition party councillors also objected to relief distribution from the office of the local MLA in Royapuram constituency. At this point, P.K. Sekar Babu, MLA of R.K. Nagar said that the distribution was done from the Royapuram MLA office only because the local PDS centre was in bad shape.

    AIADMK councillor P. Vetrivel said that all eligible families that had been left out in the distribution process would be included soon.

    He said that Rs. 67 crores was disbursed till November 19 and a sum of Rs. 30 crores was disbursed on November 20.

    Printer friendly page  
    Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



    Tamil Nadu

    News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
    Advts:
    Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |


  • News Update


    The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
    Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

    Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu