Madurai: broken street lights and overflowing drainage in the rues

Madurai council meeting on Thursday saw zonal heads address their woes over inadequate funds to address issues in their respective wards . Zonal heads said they are unable to patch up even the cracked lid of a manhole .

MADURAI (MADURAI): The Madurai council meeting on Thursday saw zonal heads address their woes over inadequate funds to address issues in their respective wards, amid worries about overflowing underground drainage and faulty street lights.The Zone 2 chief, Saravana Bhuvaneswari, said they are unable to patch up even the cracked lid of a manhole.We have no funds, no office to sit, and no official is qualified to assist us effectively.Councillors from the ruling party grinned their desks in agreement.

People are questioning their entire existence, they said, considering that in the past five months, they have achieved nothing for their wards.If none of their difficulties are resolved, our councillors are asking for the privilege of attending zonal meetings, said zone 1 chief Vasuki.She said that they pass ordinances at the zonal level and forward them to the city corporation, but that nothing has happened.Apart from non-functioning street lights, zonal 1 head, she said, work on water supply and underground drainage has been going at a snail's pace in her area for the past three years.

To expedite work, Commissioner Simranjeet Singh Kahlon promised to recruit more workers.Overflowing underground drainage, according to Zonal 4 chief Mukesh Sharma, was a big concern, and the situation worsened during the rainy season.Sharma said that pumping stations seem to lack a spare motor.He ordered the company's regulators to perform an investigation into pumping station motors.

MLA M Boominathan of Madurai south, a special invitee, said that sewage is mixed with drinking water in the city limits.The MLA recommended that all pumping stations have spare motors, according to the organization.According to the councillors, a second issue is the insufficient number of sanitary inspectors and conservancy staff in each ward.The mayor and the commissioner were able to resolve the issues, according to the mayor.

They gathered in the well and said they were walking out about half an hour after the meeting began.Simranjeet Singh Kahlon, the next commissioner of ward 93, was praised for being fluent in Tamil by ward 93 councillor Ravichandran, who said that Kahlon seems to know Tamil better than them and applauded him for checking the wards as early as 6 a.m. Former commissioner K P Karthikeyan was praised by the council for his hard work and initiatives during his tenure.90 out of 100 councillors were present.Five DMK councillors, one independent, and four AIADMK councillors were absent from the meeting, although a few departed midway through the meeting.