A comprehensive city development plan on the anvil
Year 2012 saw the Coimbatore Corporation do more ground work to improve the city. The civic body is on the verge of commissioning the Pilloor Dedicated Drinking Water Supply Scheme. According to Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy, the civic body will start the trial run in the first week of January.
Thereafter, it will switch on one motor after another to increase the supply to 65 mld. Another ‘ground’ activity that attracted the Corporation’s attention was the underground drainage scheme.
Mayor S.M. Velusamy told journalists sometime ago that after the AIADMK Councillors’ and his assuming charge, the civic body has been able to lay 220 km UGD pipeline. This was only 63 km during the 2007-2011 period under the Congress-DMK rule.
Likewise, the Corporation was able to increase the length of storm water drains to 385 km. Under the previous dispensation, the Corporation had achieved only 102 km.
This along with measures like e-governance, tax collection saw the Corporation bag the Best Corporation Award from the Chief Minister in August 2012.
The Corporation has another achievement in disbursing cheques to all the Basic Services for Urban Poor beneficiaries to convert their tile-roof or thatched-roof houses to concrete ones.
The year also saw the civic body send a number of proposals to the Central and State Governments to improve the infrastructure in the city.
The first among them is the proposal asking for a mono rail project. The others include a 24x7 drinking water supply scheme for the old city area, skywalks and multi-level car parking.
As for the added areas, the Corporation set in motion the proposal to draft a comprehensive city development plan, began the process to assess the number of reserve sites and provide more street lights.
The year was also fruitful for the civic body in terms of green energy initiatives in that it plans to have energy efficient bulbs in street lights, go in for solar energy in a big way and join hands with international agencies in reducing energy consumption.
In the 2012-13 Budget, the Mayor announced a number of measures to improve education in Corporation schools and sports facility in the city. He said that the Corporation would soon build indoor stadium, gym, swimming pool and sports hostel. It has taken up the proposals with the Government for implementation.
The Corporation also announced its intention to have an integrated bus stand in Gandhipuram by annexing a portion of the land now under the control of prison authorities and shift the Omni Bus Stand from Sathyamangalam Road.
On the flip side, the Corporation had to battle frequent fire at the waste management facility in Vellalore. The last one a couple of months ago brought the residents to the road.
It also energised civic activists, who made effective use of the Right To Information Act to show how rules were not adhered to.
Similar is the Nanjunadapuram sewage treatment plant issue.
After the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board gave the consent order, the residents staged a protest a few days ago.
The issue will keep the Corporation engaged in 2013.
The residents will also look up to the Corporation to make reality the Mayor’s announcement of having two scheme roads a year.
None of the 2012-13 announcements has turned reality yet.
Likewise, the residents of added areas will also expect improvements in 2013, as it will be their second year under the Corporation.