February 10, 2016
Heaping allegation after allegation on Coimbatore Corporation, M. Krishnasamy, former MLA of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (MDMK) has claimed that it had failed to construct a Rs. 4.55 lakh worth pavement despite showing the completion status in the Corporation’s budget.
According to Krishnasamy, he had requested the Corporation through an RTI to disclose its income and expenditure between 01.04.2014 and 31.08.2015. However, claiming that the report was 7,000 pages long, Corporation officials had said that it would take a long time.
“They initially asked me Rs. 40,000 as service charge, and later Rs. 2,700 as I said the rate was too much. However, even after I paid the amount they only gave an 880-page report,” he alleged in a press conference here on Wednesday.
He further said that in the report, there was a bank payment voucher with file number ROC No.12447/14/D1 (N), which was the file of the pavement project of Ward 41 at Ashok Nagar in Maniyakaranpalayam.
“Even as a bank voucher has been paid dated 18.04.2015, no work has begun in the area and the area still remains without a pavement,” he claimed.
He has further accused the Corporation officials for allegedly allotting more funds to the South Zone from the Rs. 231.3 crore funds distributed throughout the city. “The South Zone has the least population of all zones and has been allotted Rs. 93.7 crore worth projects whereas the other zones have received only minimal allotments,” he alleged.
He has also noted that the Corporation had given most of the contracts to a particular contractor. More than Rs. 60 crore worth projects had been allotted to the same contractor and the rent for dump trucks had also been increased from Rs. 110 in 2013 to Rs. 180 per km.
Town Planning officials were demanding up to Rs.10,000 for renewal of licenses for buildings. “All these have occurred with the knowledge of the Corporation officials and the Minister and I hold Minister S.P. Velumani, Mayor P. Rajkumar and other officials responsible and answerable for the corruption charges,” he claimed.
Reacting to it, Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan has said that a report of the same has been called for and the matter would be looked into immediately.
“I will review the report and take necessary actions based on it,” he said.