Ruckus at Coimbatore council meet

Ruckus at council meet
Wednesday September 26 2007 17:37 IST

R HALDORAI

COIMBATORE: The councillors of Left parties, with the support of the AIADMK, have been locking horns with the DMK Congress combine over the way they pass numerous resolutions without holding discussions with the Opposition.

However, the Corporation remained committed to passing all the necessary resolutions related to the Rs 3,186-crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) schemes in successive council meetings.

During the last two monthly meetings, the DMK Congress combine cleared all the resolutions on the agenda in a few minutes, brushing aside the protests of the Opposition.

Last month, they succeeded in increasing the water tariff for domestic use by 25 percent and 50 percent for non-domestic use, amid much hue and cry. An angry group of AIADMK functionaries even went to a court praying to declare invalid all resolutions, including the water tariff hike which was passed in minutes.

They won again by fixing the garbage collection charge. Amid uproarious scenes at the council meeting on Monday, the Corporation passed 53 resolutions, including the garbage collection fee, in just five minutes.

According to the resolution, Rs 10 would be collected per month as garbage charge from those households paying property tax up to Rs 500.

Mayor R Venkatachalam said the increase in charges was fair and not anti-poor. ”With the passing of these two major resolutions, the Corporation can implement the Pilloor Water Second Stage Scheme at Rs 114 crore and Solid Waste Management Programme at Rs 96 crore under the JNNURM. For every scheme of the JNNURM, the Central Government gives a grant of 50 percent, the State Government gives 20 percent as interest-free loan and the Corporation should mobilise 30 percent funds.

Public participation in JNNURM schemes are required as per the norms. The hiked charges are fair and do not affect the poor,” he said. K Purusothaman (CPI) and P Rajkumar (AIADMK) countered this stance.

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