The Tirupur district is all set to celebrate its first birthday in another few days.

For the residents of industrially-buzzing Tirupur city, it looks that their woes have compounded owing to the failure of district administration in augmenting the infrastructure and basic amenities to commensurate with the sudden explosion in human and traffic population that came along with the new status of district headquarters. When the district was inaugurated on February 22 last year, it provided a ray of hope for the hoi polloi who expected that there would be a relief to many of their problems encountered in daily life like the congested traffic, piling garbage on streets, industrial effluent discharge into the water bodies etc.

Looking back, the administration had failed to even initiate effective steps to address many of the bottlenecks in infrastructure front leave alone solving it.

“A retrospective analysis will highlight that only in paper the city attained a district headquarter status, whereas the life of common man worsened,” A. Murugesan, treasurer of Tirupur Consumer Voice, told The Hindu.

With the establishment of Collectorate and other district-level offices, vehicle population in the city multiplied considerably. But there had been no significant projects taken up either to widen the city roads or remove encroachments that affect free flow of traffic in a sincere manner, in the last one year. The city is yet to have a modern compost yard even though many hundred tonnes of garbage got generated daily and dumped in open pits.

Only benefit in the otherwise glimmer situation was that people did not had to travel to Coimbatore for Collectorate-related paper works.

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