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Basic amenities to match the Old Town agenda in the North Zone


Corp. should allocate more resources to improving additional areas

The North Zone, one of the five administrative units of the Coimbatore Corporation, has 20 wards spread over Thudiyalur, Vellakinaru, Chinna Vedampatti, Saravanampatti, Vilankurichi, Peelamedu, Gandhi Managar, Ganapathy, Maniakarampalayam and Nallampalayam.

A good number of neighborhoods are areas that until 10 years ago were outside the city limits.

In 2011, the Society annexed the panchayats and panchayats areas of the cities of Thudiyalur, Chinna Vedampatti, Saravanampatti and Vilankurichi.

At the time of annexation, the then state government and Corporation told residents that their basic amenities and service delivery would improve. But very few of the promises made have been kept, say residents and candidates allege in their campaign for urban local body elections, the second since annexation.

Service delivery was far from what had been promised and had taken place over the past 10 years, complained resident V. Sathish Balaji.

Whenever the Society announced a plan, it only implemented it in a few pockets of the Old City like Race Course, RS Puram or Saibaba Colony or started work there. And, whenever the Society has allocated resources like trash cans or push carts, these areas have been prioritized.

The added areas needed to be improved and for them to become on par with the old city, the Corporation should allocate more resources, he said.

At the junctions of Thudiyalur and Saravanampatti, traffic management was an important issue to be addressed, said P. Palanisamy, a DMK candidate from Saravanampatti. Although the Société was not directly concerned with traffic regulation, it could and should solve the problem by developing road projects in order to offer users of the region more alternatives for heading south.

Activist and resident of Chinna Vedampatti, S. Sivaraja, said that the company that developed some tanks in the central and southern areas did very little to protect Chinna Vedampatti’s tank. Spread over 200 acres, it was an important source for the region which, if developed, would solve the groundwater problem.

Scrum competitors in the Zone’s 20 boroughs would have to promise rainwater harvesting structures in public places, as the region’s clay soil prevented easy percolation of rainwater and caused flooding in several places.

Residents of Thudiyalur said the company should develop the bus terminus in the area to avoid traffic jams, build a market complex and a slaughterhouse. Former Ward 1 councilor and BJP candidate V. Vatsala said the market complex will not only solve the problem for traders but also increase the revenue of the civic body.

Other demands from the area included synchronizing the boundaries of the Corporation and Municipal Police and transferring the administration of schools in additional areas to the civic body, Kavundampalayam MLA PRG Arunkumar said.