THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Soft-spoken V.K. Prasanth, the new Mayor, plans to cooperate with the state government and bring welfare schemes to the city rather than oppose all its policies.
Giving hopes of a new dawn of development-oriented approach, Mr Prasanth told reporters that his prime objective was a people-friendly corporation office.
Efforts will be taken to end the tyranny of a few officials who slow down the works in Thiruvananthapuram corporation. He was referring to the complaints that the building construction permits and several other certificates are delayed for months.
“Technopark officials will be roped in to develop applications for making more process online. We will negotiate with officers who cause difficulty to citizens. Though we have limitations in transferring officers, we will try to do that if needed” he said.
Garbage issues will be solved soon. “We will coordinate with residents’ associations which can spare land to start waste management plants. Ideas which have succeeded in other parts of the world will be implemented here,” he said.
Animal Birth Control (ABC) programmes will be intensified to contain street dog menace. New streetlights will provided in wards where the conditions are bad in two days. Some 20 junctions in the city will be declared as model ones in terms of safety and beauty.
Mr Prasanth, the youngest mayor of the city, hails from Kazhakoottam ward which had demanded a separate municipality due to the inaction by the local corporation zonal office.
He told DC that he cannot go out of the way and give soaps to Kazhakoottam zonal office. “We need a separate package for all fringe wards which lag behind in terms of infrastructure,” he said.
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