The Coimbatore Corporation has decided to lay four scheme roads in the city every financial year.

This was announced in the budget presented in the Corporation Council on Monday by Finance and Taxation Committee Chairman in the civic body R. Nandakumar. Mayor R. Venkatachalam, Deputy Mayor N. Karthik and Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra were present.

The Coimbatore Local Planning Authority had proposed 170 scheme roads, but the source of funding had not been identified.

The Corporation had recently taken up three scheme road works (widening and re-laying of existing stretches) in view of the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held here from June 23 to 27.

These works would be carried out at a cost of Rs. 13.25 crore, with the funds coming from the Local Planning Authority.

But, the Corporation would lay one road in each of the four zones during every financial year to meet the target of 170 roads.

The budgetary allocation for the 2010-2011 financial year was Rs.2 crore for the formation of a road and this included land acquisition.

In keeping with the National Policy on Street Vendors, the Corporation would earmark vendor zones in the city. At present, haphazard distribution of vendors was hampering traffic and pedestrian movement.

The first vendor zone and a food plaza would come up on Tatabad-Pykara Road.

Ward fund

A sum of Rs. 5 lakh would be provided to each of the 72 wards as Councillors' Special Fund in order to carry out development works or improvements to existing basic amenities.

The councillors had been appealing for the fund so that the works could be carried out without the procedural delay that was normally involved in the release of funds.

Subways

The budget allocated Rs. 2.5 crore for the coming financial year to construct a four-way subway at Gandhipuram and a subway to connect Vincent Road at Ukkadam with the habitation across the Sungam-Ukkadam Bypass Road.

The allocated amount would be used for building a foot overbridge on Mettupalayam Road (near Avinashilingam University) and on Tiruchi Road near the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.

The budget also announced an allocation of Rs.6 crore for laying footpath at Gandhipuram, Cross-Cut Road, Azhagappa Road and Goods Shed Road (west of the railway junction).

The Mayor said after the budget presentation that the focus was on development. While some schemes focussed on major infrastructure development, the ones for subways and footpaths were equally significant as they were in the interests of the common people.

A sum of Rs. 50 lakh would be spent on modernising Tyagi Kumaran Market and Anna Market on Mettupalayam Road. Adequate parking facility would be provided at these markets.

Crematoria

A biomass gasifier crematorium each would be built at Singanallur and on Sathyamangalam Road at Rs. 2 crore.

As only three electric crematoria were available in the city, the Corporation wanted to build more of these in order to meet the demand. But, it was going in for renewable energy based ones.

Works were on to establish biomass gasifier crematoria at Nanjundapuram and Singanallur.

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