The opposition of the Corporation also staged a walkout from the council meeting on Friday over the Pachalam ROB issue.
The LDF councillors wrote to the Mayor not to pass the agenda item at the council which gave approval for the new alignment of the ROB, even as a final decision was to be made on Friday. As a walkout was staged over the cancer centre, Mayor Tony Chammany dispersed the council abruptly after passing all agendas. Immediately, the opposition wrote to the Mayor and Corporation Secretary not to pass the agendas of the disrupted council meeting, which include the Pachalam ROB, without discussions.
According to the Municipality Act, when a council meeting is disrupted, the Mayor can take a call whether to pass the agendas unless councillors object to it within 48 hours. The Mayor has given assurance that the letter will be seriously taken up. With this, the redesign of the ROB is most likely to be included in the next council for discussion and approval. The opposition also staged a dharna before the Mayor’s chamber contesting the approval of the agendas. “An ROB at Pachalam will be useful to the public only if it’s 30-metre wide. We cannot approve the 10-metre redesign and demand a discussion in the council before giving approval for it,” said opposition councillor K Anil Kumar.
“The decision on Pachalam ROB is crucial for development of the city. The width issue should be discussed thoroughly before approval as there are different views, else it would be undemocratic and unlawful,” said opposition leader K J Jacob. The Mayor has given assurance that the letter will be seriously looked into The agenda is most likely to be included in the next council.