Daunting task for Kochi Corporation team

The Opposition has decided to stay back from all the standing committee meetings

Published: 19th November 2012 11:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th November 2012 11:00 AM   |  A+A-

Trouble is brewing within the Corporation with the state government giving an ultimatum for the local bodies to submit the projects to be executed under the 12th Five Year Plan before November 30.

It will be a Herculean task for the Corporation authorities to meet the deadline.

Though the development seminars were completed by September, further procedures are being delayed owing to the scam on advertisements on lamp posts.

The Opposition councillors have already decided to withdraw themselves from all the standing committee meetings (finance, works, town planning, welfare, development, education) demanding the resignations of the Mayor and town planning standing committee chairman.

Only one-third of the total members is required for the standing committees to take decisions. But if the members of the Congress-I faction too decide to stay back from the meetings, then it will be difficult to finalise decisions at standing committee meetings.  It will be particularly crucial for the town planning standing committee dominated by the Congress-I members and the Opposition.

“In the last town planning standing committee meeting seven out of the total nine members stayed back. However, the decisions were passed with a simple majority as one of the ruling front members changed his mind in the last minute and signed in the minutes book. Things will be different for the next standing committee meetings,” said a town planning committee member belonging to the Opposition.

Meanwhile, Opposition councillor and former works standing committee chairman M Anilkumar said the worst affected are the projects under Five Year Plan.

“The most-affected projects owing to the  standstill of the standing committees are the projects under the Plan Fund. A total of Rs 37.13 crore was allotted for the Corporation.  Though the development seminars were conducted, the standing committees are yet to finalise the projects. Once the projects to be executed by utilising the Plan Fund are finalised, they will have to be presented at the council for approval. Then the process for floating tenders will be initiated, followed by implementation of projects. All the projects will have to be completed before March 2013,” Anilkumar said.


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