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The civic body faced the music for its failure in tackling the mosquito menace.

Published: 18th February 2014 07:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2014 07:45 AM   |  A+A-

The civic body faced the music for its failure in tackling the mosquito menace. Mosquito eradication has been given significant importance. Rs 10 crore has been allocated for mosquito eradication and waste treatment. As a preventive step, the civic body will form  five-member groups in each wards for conducting the regular maintenance work such as drainage and canal cleaning for which Rs 3 crore has been allocated.  With this the floating of tenders which cost the Corporation Rs 3 to 4 crore each year will be stopped. The civic body announced that a scientific study on mosquito eradication would be conducted by a reputed agency from Mysore. Suggestions will also be invited from the public regarding this.  A new plant at Brahmapuram and a septage treatment plant have also been mentioned despite the fact that the civic body has been promising them since it came to power.

What’s New

A list of new projects have been mooted. A ‘New Kochi Township’ project will be implemented for  Rs  50 lakh. Mayor Tony Chammany said the civic body will request the help of the governments at the state and Centre. He also said that the civic body plans to introduce schemes such as ‘Street furniture’ project, to beautify city’s public places though no funds have been earmarked for it.  Bicycles will be distributed to selected 200 students in  government schools for which Rs 10 lakh has been allocated.  Mayor’s meal scheme and shelter for labourers from other states have been announced without budget allocations.

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