Opposition: Feedback on delimitation of wards given less time

TIRUPUR: Opposition parties criticised the corporation for giving only seven days for people to provide on the proposed re-demarcation of wards in the city. They also said the recognised parties were not provided the documents earlier than on Thursday, which too was after rising the issue.
The public notice dated December 27 pasted in the corporation office informed the people about the proposal and said the views should be sent in written form before 5.45pm on January 2.

“Based on the 2011 census date, we have re-demarcated the wards. We have placed the related documents and the ward-wise map in all the four corporation zonal offices, apart from the corporation office and the collectorate to allow the residents and the political parties to express their views and objections, if any,” said M Ashokan, corporation commissioner and re-demarcation officer.

On the other hand, CPM Tirupur district secretary S Muthukannan said, “Only one or two newspapers carried the news about it and even the documents and the map were displayed at the offices only in the evening on December 27. The message has not reached many people. Six days including two government holidays were the time given for feedback.”

Adding to it, former DMK mayor said, “The government has deliberately doing this for its gain.”

Commenting on the issue, a senior corporation official said, “The government has given seven days, which is enough for the residents to express their views. Moreover, the guidelines do not say that the proposal documents should be given to the recognised political parties but we still gave the copies.”

With around 10 lakh people, Tirupur corporation was demarcated into 60 wards for the first time for the 2011 local body election. While the state was expected to witness another local body election soon, the state government nodded to re-demarcate the wards.

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