Most of the infrastructure related works will be completed by April end and the remaining would be over by May, well ahead of the World Classical Tamil Conference slated for June, said Special Officer for the Conference, K. Allaudin on Saturday.

Talking to reporters after reviewing the works and progress made so far by various departments, Mr. Allaudin said that a number of State and Central Government departments are carrying out the works. The estimates of the State Government related works are to a tune of Rs.300 crore. The meeting was attended by District Collector, P. Umanath; Officer on Special Duty, S. Prabhakaran; TNEB Chief Engineer, Thangavelu; Highways Divisional Engineer, K. Vellingiri; Revenue Divisional Officer, M. Balachandran; Tahsildar, P. Subramanian; and Corporation Executive Engineer, Sugumar.

Detailing the list of works being carried out Mr. Allaudin said that the Highways Department has commenced works for road repairs at Rs.60 crore. Corporation was taking up road works to a tune of Rs.27 crore. Only one work that awaits Government order is the Rs.7 crore worth sanitation works by the Corporation. Orders have been issued for sand filling of the low lying areas near CODISSIA at an outlay of Rs.2.25 crore.

Chairman of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and District Collector, P. Umanath said that for the first time in Tamil Nadu, Infrastructure funds of the LPA is being utilised for two new scheme roads namely Avanashi Road – Tiruchi Road link Road near Ranga Vilas Mills, Avanashi Road – 100 Ft Road link from Nava India on Avanashi Road via SNR Sons besides widening and strengthening of the Masakkalipalayam Road.

Power lines

Mr. Allaudin pointed out that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has already commenced the works for laying the underground cable replacing the overhead electric lines on Avanashi Road, Tiruchi Road and Kamarajar Road stretch from Avanashi Road to Tiruchi Road. In addition four electric feeders are being established at a cost of Rs.3.3 crore for streamlined and quality power supply.

Dr. Umanath said that a road is being laid from CODISSIA to Sathyamangalam Road that included new stretches and widening and strengthening of new stretches at a cost of Rs.1 crore. Highways Department would soon begin the work for laying an approach road from Avanashi Road to Airport at an outlay of Rs.4 crore from the Airports Authority of India.

Corporation is also taking up works for improvements to parks and installation of 18 high mast lights for which clearance had been obtained and tenders had been called for. Railway Authorities have assured to complete the Hope College bridge work by April and Highways would complete the approach road by May.

Southern Railway has assured to complete the works for extending the shelter in all platforms and improvements therein besides facelift to the station.

In addition, Rs.7 crore worth work for parallel subway with parking bay at entry point is also coming up. The station would soon have two sub-ways and adequate parking space with one entry and one exit. State Government is clearing the stalemate over the 65 cents of land and even that would be over and the second line between Coimbatore and Irugur would also be ready before the conference.

Mr. Allaudin said that the Chief Minister has made it clear that the Government would meet the fund needs without any contributions or donations from individuals or corporate sector. The only work being executed with Public – Private partnership is the installation of bus stands in stainless steel by advertising agency. Advertising space stands restricted only to the back drop. Allocation of bus shelters are done for agencies in a stretch wise basis and main areas would be done by the Corporation itself.

Dr. Umanath also clarified that service road issue on Ondipudur flyover would be resolved within a few days as necessary concurrence had already been obtained and valuation of the land was already incorporated in the project cost and the same is deposited with the district administration. The issue over Tiruchi Road widening raised by Ondipudur land owners would be amicably resolved in terms of the extent of marking on either side of the road.