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Sunday, 18 October 2015

LDF questions UDF’s claims - Kochi

As Maradu goes to the poll a second time in its nascent history as a municipality, the United Democratic Front (UDF) described its last five years’ reign as one of unprecedented development while the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) dismissed it as a lost chance marred by all-round corruption.

The UDF’s outgoing chairman lined up a slew of achievements to its credit to justify the claim and how the front is going to return to power on the strength of the outgoing committee’s performance.

"We built most anganwadis"

“The biggest achievement was the construction of a modern office complex for the municipality. We also built the most number of anganwadis and buildings for Kudumbasree in the State in the last five years,” outgoing chairman T.K. Devarajan said.

Erecting street lights on the 4-km stretch between Kannadikkadu and Anthippilly canal, which was highly accident-prone previously, setting up a gas crematorium and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam memorial park, distribution of vehicles to the differently-abled and effective management of waste treatment were his other major claims.

Opposition leader P.K. Raju said that the governing committee reduced the bigger plan for a mini civil station in the municipality’s land by opting for a three-storied office complex.

“Not only no new projects were implemented, even the existing projects like the Kudumbasree’s much appreciated bus service, Aswamedham, ran into hurdles during their tenure,” he said. Waste management is in tatters as the beneficiaries are yet to be delivered bio-pots and bio-gas plants.

All newly build roads turned potholed even before the flex boards claiming it as a major achievement faded. Water logging has only worsened while the much awaited JNNURM drinking water project hasn’t benefitted the people since the municipality failed to replace the aged pipeline networks. The production and service sectors didn’t fare any better, Mr. Raju said. 

Source : The Hindu , 18th Oct 2015 

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