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MLA assures fund for laying roads, issuing house pattas

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‘A few wards need extra supply of drinking water'

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One of the badly damaged roads in Pudukottai town -

PUDUKOTTAI: Steps will be taken for sanctioning special fund to Pudukottai Municipality for laying major roads, where buses are being operated, and issuing house site pattas to dwellers in several parts of the town, said S.P.Muthukumaran, CPI MLA, Pudukottai.

Speaking at the municipal council meeting here on Wednesday, Mr.Muthukumaran referred to the grievances voiced by Councillors on the occasion and endorsed their view that during his thanksgiving campaign in the town, a large number of residents had complained to him about four major issues, including poor condition of roads, undersupply of drinking water, and non issue of pattas for those who had constructed houses or huts about five decades ago.

Mr.Muthukumaran said that at least 25,000 families, who had constructed their houses decades ago, were in need of house site pattas. Non-classification of sites in the records as residential zone was a major impediment.

Mr.Muthukumaran specifically said that few wards needed additional supply of drinking water. The municipality should construct new overhead tanks.

Explaining the steps taken by him to tide over the crisis, Mr.Muthukumaran said he had impressed upon the State Ministers for Local Administration and Revenue.

He had sought special fund of Rs.25.25crore, based on the proposals sent to the State government recently.

“Major roads where buses are being operated will be immediately re-laid,” he said.

The Commissioner had sought 1.50-crore for proper maintenance of roads.

The MLA has also sought creation and filling up of additional positions at the settlement office here for expeditious issuance of house site pattas to resolve pendency.

A number of councillors voiced their grievance over encroachment at the Anumarpallam belonging to the municipality. A wordy duel between the DMK and the AIADMK councillors resulted in heated exchanges, causing damage to one

of the mikes.

Councillors S.Nainar Mohamad; S.Pazhaniappan and M.Liakath Ali complained that inaction by municipal authorities was responsible for the surrender of Rs.8 crore sanctioned for re-laying roads in the town. The tenders should have been finalised well in time, they added.

Ramathilagam Udaiyappan, Municipal Chairperson, who presided over the meeting, said that the notification of election to State Tamil Nadu Assembly was one of the factors for non-utilisation of funds and its subsequent surrender to the State government.

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