COIMBATORE: DMK councillors staged a walkout from an urgent Corporation Council meeting on Friday, protesting against the alleged bias in allotting development projects by ignoring wards that they represent.
Soon after Mayor P Rajkumar started presenting a resolution, DMK members, led by A Nandakumar, raised slogans against the Corporation, saying that civic works were being done only in wards of AIADMK councillors. “I had made proposals for road and stormwater drain works in my ward. None of them have been included in those tabled at the meeting. There are proposals for adjacent wards. The Corporation is not taking up works in my ward because I belong to an opposition party,” said Nandakumar, who represents Ward 52.
“Though the tender for a bridge in the Kattabomman Street area was awarded nine months ago, there is little progress on it,” said P V Subramaniam, councillor of Ward 47.
Many civic works like construction of compound walls, black-topping roads and provideing drainage in their wards are not being done, the DMK councillors said.
The Corporation Council passed a resolution to construct a biogas plant on the grounds of RS Puram Corporation School. “We will produce biogas by using vegetable and other waste sourced from the sewage treatment plant. We will not then need LPG cylinders there,” said Mayor P Rajkumar.
The Corporation has accepted the offer of three service providers to provide free 4G Wi-Fi service for three months at different places in the city. “The civic body will start charging for the service after three months. The charges will be decided later,” the Mayor said.
The Corporation has decided to develop model roads. “We have asked a consultant to prepare a detailed project report based on which, we will take further action,” said Commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan.