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Councillors demand more civic amenities

Staff Reporter

For speeding up development works in their wards

— Photo N. Rajesh

Talking point: Members raising their demands at the council meeting in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

Tuticorin: Lacunae in infrastructure front and tardy implementation of development works in various wards sparked off heated arguments at the monthly municipal council meeting held here on Wednesday. The pandemonium started when a few councillors belonging to the AIADMK tried to raise problems pertaining to basic amenities in their respective wards.

R. Veerabahu, an AIADMK councillor representing Ward 27, complained that street lights fitted with sodium vapour lamps at Ratnapuram Road situated at his ward was not functioning. He was furious as the issue was not sorted out till now despite it was raised before the authorities concerned many days ago.

Surprisingly, a few councillors belonging to DMK, which rules the council, too vociferously demanded augmentation of infrastructure in their respective wards. The Ward 22 councillor, Senthil Kumar of DMK, pointed out that the drainage works undertaken at Jeyalani Street eight months back has not been completed till now.

He urged the Chairperson, R. Kasturi Thangam, to take steps to expedite the works.

G. Anandaraj (DMK), councillor of Ward 36, wanted the administration to upgrade 24 mud roads in the ward to cement concrete roads.

New projects

Municipal administration sources told media persons that a total of six road works would be carried out during the current financial year on an outlay of Rs.40 lakh using the grants from State Finance Commission. The gasifier crematorium under construction was expected to be commissioned before the end of the current fiscal. The project was coming up on an outlay of Rs.44 lakh allocated under Part-II scheme.

The Municipal Commissioner, R. Lakshmi, and senior municipal officials were present at the meeting.

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