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Municipal chief moves court

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KANCHEEPURAM: Kancheepuram Municipal Chairman V. Rajendran has moved the Madras High Court, seeking a direction to the Municipal Commissioner to implement all resolutions, passed by the council from March to December 2007.

In his affidavit, Mr. Rajendran claimed that the Municipal Commissioner was acting arbitrarily and did not implement all resolutions passed by the Council.

Alleging that the Commissioner wanted to oblige ruling partymen, the petitioner pointed out that the Commissioner was duty-bound to implement all resolutions without fail as per sections 13-A and 22 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act. He could not postpone implementation of the resolutions, citing `administrative reasons’, the petitioner said, adding that vice-chairman of the council G. Sambandam and his men were trying to hinder smooth functioning of the civic body by filing petitions in the court of law and thereby refraining the officials from executing their duties.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chairman has filed three petitions seeking to stay the implementation of resolutions passed at the council meetings, chaired by Mr. Rajendran, since he did not enjoy the majority support in the elected council.

Probe sought

Participating in the council meeting held on February 19, Congress councillor R. V. Kuppan sought vigilance inquiry into various works executed by the civic body under sec.15 of Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920. He recorded his objection when a resolution seeking the council’s consent for execution of 29 works worth totalling Rs.6.34 lakh between March 2007 and January 2008, by invoking the provisions of section 15 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act.

Mr. Kuppan said he was astonished to note that works such as laying of water distribution line at the cost of Rs.88319, rectification of defects in main water supply line at the cost of Rs.77181, construction of manhole structures on Karikinil Amarnthaval Koil Street, Aaladi Pillayiar Koil Street, Vallal Pachaiyappan Street and Kamarajar Salai at the total cost of Rs.137710 had been carried out by the officials without getting prior approval from the Municipal Chairman or by placing resolutions pertaining to such works before the council earlier.

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