Rs 24L spent for M Karunanidhi meeting

Rs 24L spent on opening of city subway, 2 flyovers
Jeeva, TNN, Feb 17, 2010, 05.27am IST
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Rs-24L-spent-on-opening-of-city-subway-2-flyovers/articleshow/5582215.cms
CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation spent more than Rs 24 lakh on the inauguration of two flyovers and a subway by chief minister M Karunanidhi, it has been revealed in a reply to a right to information (RTI) petition.

The Cenotaph Road flyover, the Alandur Road flyover and the vehicular subway on Jones Road in Saidapet were inaugurated on December 11, 2009.

According to the reply given by the corporation to V Madhav of Porur last week, Rs 16.45 lakh was spent on the inauguration of the Cenotaph Road flyover. The inauguration of the Alandur Road flyover and the Jones Road subway cost Rs 7.87 lakh though no stage was put up and the chief minister did the honours sitting in his car. The total expenditure on the inaugural ceremonies totalled Rs 24.3 lakh.

“The total amount spent for the functions is almost equal to the ward development fund of a councillor, which is Rs 25 lakh a year. At a time when the government is short of funds for welfare schemes, there should not be any wasteful expenditure,’’ Madhav said.

He has filed another RTI application, asking the corporation to permit him to inspect the bills and vouchers towards the expenditure for the three functions.

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One Response to Rs 24L spent for M Karunanidhi meeting

  1. devapriyaji says:

    But who is scamming, Mr Mayor?
    Talking of scamming, the Chennai Corporation spent more than Rs 24 lakh on the inauguration of two flyovers(at Cenotaph Road and Alandur Road) and a subway (on Jones Road, Saidapet) by chief minister M Karunanidhi on December 11, 2009. According to a reply to an RTI filed by V Madhav of Porur, Rs 16.45 lakh was spent on the inauguration of the Cenotaph Road flyover while Rs 7.87 lakh was spent for the Alandur Road flyover and the Jones Road subway although no stage was put up and the CM inaugurated it sitting in his car. “The total amount spent for the functions is almost equal to the ward development fund of a councillor, which is Rs 25 lakh a year. At a time when the government is short of funds for welfare schemes, there should not be any wasteful expenditure,’’ Madhav said.

    So, what was 24 lakhs spent on? Rs 8.3 lakh on lighting, mikes and ACs at the Cenotaph Road flyover inauguration, Rs 2.5 lakh on the stage arrangements and toilet facility for Karunanidhi, Rs 1.15 lakh was spent for chairs for VIP, VVIPs and members of the public, the fabricated tent and synthetic mat. In addition, booklets supplied to VIPs, VVIPs and the public on the two flyovers cost Rs 4.3 lakh, while Rs 3.53 lakh was spent on lighting arrangements on the Alandur Road flyover, the Jones Road subway and the approach roads. All this expenditure does not include the money spent on the CM’s security and newspaper advertisements. But Subramaniam’s defence? Spending Rs 25 lakh for a function in which the CM participates “cannot be considered unusual or unnecessary.”

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