A meeting of the City Development Committee here on Wednesday fixed the first week of June as the deadline for all infrastructure development works that were being implemented for the World Classical Tamil Conference (June 23 to 27).
District Collector P. Umanath suggested the deadline by pointing out that the all the conference-related locations along Avanashi Road would have to be handed over well in advance to the Special Protection Group.
A thorough security check would be done as President Prathibha Patil would be among the top dignitaries attending the inaugural.
Stressing the point made by the Collector, Chairman of the Committee and Mayor R. Venkatachalam stressed good pace of work.
“So far, works by all the agencies – the water and electricity boards, highways and the Corporation – are on at a fairly good pace. But, we need to sustain the pace to meet the deadline and enable the security agencies carry out their tasks also,” he said.
Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra listed the works being implemented by the civic body.
He said 76 roads totalling 75 km had been taken up for widening and re-laying at more than Rs.26 crore.
While 23 works were completed, the rest were in progress. Of those in progress, 34 would be completed by April 30 and the rest by May 20.
The project to provide drinking and bore well water in and around CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex – the conference venue – would be completed by May 12 at a cost of Rs.90.30 crore.
The Corporation was also hopeful of appointing more than 300 conservancy workers on contract by May 20.
The deadline given earlier for the completion of works on three scheme roads and the link road from Avanashi Road to the conference venue was June 15.
With a fresh deadline being suggested at the meeting, the pace of works might be stepped up to meet it.
Deputy Mayor N. Karthik called for an early decision on re-locating 240 families living in hutments along Ranga Vilas Mill Road, which was being widened and re-laid.
The children in the hutments went to schools in Peelamedu and Sowripalayam.
If these families were to be re-located far away from the present location, they should be told of it early enough so that they could get the children admitted to schools near their new place of stay.
It was already mid-April and the schools would re-open in June, he said.
Keywords: Classical Tamil Meet