The City Development Plan (CDP) for Tiruchi, drawn up in anticipation of its inclusion under the phase-II of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), envisages an investment of about Rs.8,077 crore for development of urban civic services and infrastructure under various sectors during the mission period.

Tiruchi, along with Tirupur and Salem, has been recommended for inclusion under phase-II of JNNURM, according to officials.

The first phase of the mission, covering various cities with population above 10 lakh, ran from 2005-12. Under the second phase, cities with population of five to 10 lakh, is expected to be covered.

The CDP has been drawn up by Voyants Solutions Private Ltd., the consultant commissioned by the government. The draft final CDP was presented by the consultants before the elected representatives of the corporation here on Thursday before its submission to the State government for being forwarded to the Centre. A.Jaya, Mayor, V.P.Thandapani, Corporation Commissioner, and councillors, except those from the DMK, attended the meeting.

The CDP envisages an investment of Rs.4,632 crore at the corporation level, Rs.1,959 crore at the Local Planning Authority level, and another Rs.1,485 crore for long-term development projects such as mass rapid transport system for the city, a rope way between Rockfort and Srirangam, a ring road and an elevated road in the congested old Madurai road in the city. The estimation has been made taking into account the city’s infrastructure and civic development requirements for the next 30 years.

Drinking water supply, underground sewerage, and solid waste management would be the three priority areas for funding under the JNNURM. Accordingly, the CDP envisages an investment of Rs.471 crore for improving the drinking water supply including proposals for increasing per capita water supply, execution of additional water schemes, creation of water sources and storages.

It recommends a whopping investment of Rs.1237 crore for providing underground sewerage system to all parts of the city, including the newly-added areas.

Given the grossly inadequate drainage network and a huge flood-prone area, Rs.545 crore is planned to be spent on building storm water drains.

Apart from these, roads, traffic and transportation, storm water drains, sanitation, health, education, housing, tourism, infrastructure and urban poor are the other sectors for which investment plans have been drawn up.

The CDP proposes 14 flyovers in the city, widening of six existing road overbridges, sub-ways and multi-level parking lots.

It suggests building new link roads between Tiruchi-Dindigul National Highway and the Karur NH along the Koraiyar; the East Boulevard Road and Tiruchi-Chennai By-pass Road; Srirangam and Mukkombu via Melur; Pirattiyur and Somrasampettai; and the Vayalur Road and Kuzhumani. Provisions have also been made for establishing a new bus stand, a truck terminal and relocation of the wholesale section of Gandhi Market.

Other significant proposals include creation of a heritage walkway in the city, an amusement park at Panchapur, river front and teppakulam developments, and modernisation of the civic governance.