Following its two meetings with the city residents, representatives of residents’ associations, non-government organisations and business houses, the Coimbatore Corporation has issued orders to 50 persons or organisations to take up park maintenance.

The civic body had engaged the residents and organisations a month ago asking them if they were interested in developing and maintaining the reserve sites and parks in the city.

The Corporation followed up the meeting with another one on Tuesday.

At the end of the Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor S.M. Velusamy told journalists that there were 1,500 parks and sites earmarked for parks in the city. Of those, the Corporation maintained 300. There was a need to take up maintenance of the remaining 1,200.

Very many people and organisations had come forward.

The Corporation was carefully studying their proposals.

Commissioner G. Latha said that the Corporation would grant a conditional approval for the residents or organisations to take up park development and maintenance. If they violated the conditions, the civic body would revoke the order.

Letters

Thus far 50 persons or organisations had given letters expressing their interest to develop and maintain the parks.

Of those, 15 had said that they would also develop the parks in full by constructing compound, installing lights and play materials.

As for the rest, the Corporation was looking at what the residents or organisations had asked for – compound, water supply or lights. The civic body would decide the applications on a case-by-case basis.

Meanwhile, Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore had come forward to plant 3,000 saplings in Vellalore. R. Raveendran of the Association said that after they submitted a proposal, the civic body had asked the organisation to take up the work in Vellalore. The sapling planting would come with drip irrigation.

Aside from that the RAAC, Siruthuli and G29 (an association of Rotary clubs) would take up maintenance of 15 parks in the city, starting with six in the first phase.

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