Chief Secretary to Government, K.S. Sripathi on Friday presiding over a review meeting told the officials to complete all World Classical Tamil Conference related works and development works taken up in Coimbatore City and in local bodies in and around the City.

He also informed the media persons that already 75 per cent of the works have been completed.

Special Officer for Tamil Conference K. Allaudin, District Collector P.Umanath, Principal Secretary to Government for PWD, S. Ramasundaram, Principal Secretary to Government for Co-operation, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Swaran Singh, Secretary to Government, Niranjan Mardi, Public Secretary, Deva Jothi Jagarajan, Highways Secretary, G. Santhanm, Secretary for Environment and Forest, Debendranath Sarangi, Directorate of Town and Country Planning, Pankaj Kumar Bansal, Corporation Commissioner, Anshul Mishra, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), K. Radhakrishnanm City Police Commissioner, C. Sylendra Babu, Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, P. Sivanandi, Deputy Inspector Generals of Police, B. Bala Naga Devi, P. Thamaraikkan and officials from various departments took part.

The Chief Secretary who also presided a meeting for security arrangements for the visit of the President of India, Prathiba Patil and other protected persons and VIPs enquired about the traffic arrangements and security arrangements to be undertaken without much inconvenience to the public.

Mr.Sripathi also told the police officials to keep the public informed at least one week ahead of the conference on the traffic arrangements, available link and scheme roads between Avanashi Road and Tiruchi Road besides enlightening the public on the traffic arrangements to be implemented during the float procession on June 23 evening.

As many as 500 point of contact persons are being stationed at Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchi and Coimbatore for the convenience of the overseas delegates, Public Secretary informed the meeting. Mr.Sripathi exhorted the Corporation Commissioner to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the conference venue and to the public living in Coimbatore besides ensuring utmost hygienic sanitation conditions.

He also advised the PWD officials on the steps to be taken for ensuring convenience to the visitors, public, general audience and delegates at the conference venue. He also asked the officials to keenly focus on the drive to plant one lakh saplings.

Chief Secretary asked the officials to expedite the works in terms of setting up the botanical garden in 45 acres of the prison land in the first phase and to speed up the process for identifying a suitable land for shifting the prison out of Coimbatore City.

He told the officials to make sure that the Tiruchi Road, Hope College rail over bridge work are completed before June 15. He also asked for completion of the renovation of circuit house and all development works within the next 11 days.

Talking to reporters, Mr.Sripathi said that for the delegates, VIPs and protected persons to inspect the procession of floats stages would be established on Avanashi Road at five or seven places and the public could witness the procession from the other side of the road.

The Government at present has no plans of declaring a local holiday for all the five days of the conference. Mr.Sripathi when asked about the erratic power supply situation said that generated power supply was being equally distributed. The situation would ease considerably by June 2011.

From December 2010, the State would be getting 400 mw of power from the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plan and the State was on the job to buy power from Punjab, West Bengal and from the neighbouring States. Cyclone Laila helped in stepping up wind power generation and the situation does not exist any longer, hence the dip in generation and supply, he said.

Union Minister, A. Raja visited the CODISSSIA trade fair complex and reviewed the progress of works and took stock of the arrangements made in terms of telecom and communication facilities.

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