Act against those pasting posters, drawing on walls: Mayor

The Coimbatore Corporation will soon open Amma Unavagam, the subsidised canteen from the State government, in all the 100 wards of the Coimbatore Corporation. It will also initiate steps to license dogs, pound stray cattle on streets, exterminate pigs from the city and curb illegal hoarding and graffiti.

At the Thursday’s Council meeting, Mayor S.M. Velusamy asked officials to give time for those rearing pigs to move out of the city and after the deadline impound and auction the animals. His announcement came in deference to councillors’ demands.

He then instructed Town Planning Officer Varadharajan to remove illegal hoardings and act against those pasting posters, erecting hoardings and drawing on walls. To the city police, he said they could approach the Corporation if they wanted traffic umbrellas and not depend on sponsors, who were keen on displaying their brands.

Mr. Velusamy also asked Commissioner G. Latha to form a team of officials to work out ways to remove plastic materials from drains and other places in the city. This was after Ward 61 councillor S.M. Samy spoke of plastic materials choking drains and that leading to flooding of streets.

“The Corporation should embark on an anti-plastics campaign as it had done a few years ago. This will help keep the drains clean before monsoon and prevent flooding.”

Finance and Taxation Committee Chairman R. Prabhakaran joined him saying that if the civic body were to focus on cleaning drains, it should start with culverts because that was where the plastics were gathered.

After the councillors complained of improper closing of roads where the underground drainage and storm water drain works were taken up, he said that engineers in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission wing should immediately close the pits and ensure that no water stagnated at those places.

Soon thereafter, the Council passed a resolution to demand a new road-overbridge between Coimbatore and Irugur railway junctions, supply drinking water to those areas where water pressure was less, construct additional classrooms at the school in Ward 62, and attempt biogas generation from bio-waste.

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