Energy saving, highlight of Salem budget


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Rs. 4.30-crore deficit budget presented

Efforts will be on to save energy by replacing the 19,193 sodium vapour street lamps to light emitting diode (LED), enhance solar power generation and also extend it to private buildings, creating parking lots in four zones, besides planting nochi herbs in all houses to control mosquito. These were the highlights of the Salem Corporation’s Budget for 2014-15 that was presented by Mayor S. Soundappan here on Thursday.

Presenting a Rs. 4.30 crore deficit budget, which is less than last year’s deficit of Rs. 4.90 crore, he announced a slew of measures for improving the corporation hospitals including, establishing four state-of-the-art operation theatres and laboratory in nine maternity centres.

For effectively implementing traffic management in the city, a consultant would be appointed to study and give suggestion, he added.

Also, to create a satellite database for reference, all the roads in the city, buildings and street lights would be brought under Geographical Information System (GIS). Construction of four physical training centres, implementing Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme for the corporation, beautifying Panamarathupatti Lake and separate counters in banks for residents to pay corporation taxes were the other new schemes announced.

Trouble erupted when Deputy Mayor M. Natesan said that works for Rs. 102 crore was completed in two-and-a-half years AIADMK rule when compared to Rs. 65 crore in five years DMK rule. The opposition DMK councillors condemned it and said that underground drainage system scheme, solid waste management and dedicated water supply scheme were brought during their tenure and claimed credit for it.

Leader of the opposition M. Bhuvaneswari said that most of the schemes announced in 2012 and 2013 budgets were yet to be implemented and termed the current budget as “schemes only in paper and without vision”. Later, they staged a walkout from the session.

Later, the council meeting was held in which all the 46 resolutions were passed. Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan, Executive Engineers, Zone Chairmen, councillors and officials were present.