The boundaries of the Tiruchi Corporation would soon be expanded to include Tiruverambur area also, said K.N.Nehru, Transport Minister here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function to inaugurate issue of sale deeds to buyers of houses from the Tamil Nadu Housing Board at Navalpattu Anna Nagar on the city outskirts, Mr.Nehru also disclosed that a proposal for building a new by-pass road from Tiruverambur to the Tiruchi-Chennai highway via Vengur and Natarajapuram has been forwarded to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for financial assistance.

Another by-pass road linking the Tiruchi-Thanjavur, Tiruchi-Pudukottai and Tiruchi-Madurai highways has already been sanctioned, he said, highlighting the various development measures taken up in the city. About Rs.1,000 crore worth development projects have been sanctioned for Tiruchi over the past four years.

The sale deeds for the TNHB houses have been issued after 28 years, he pointed out, assuring allottees that he would take up with the Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi their demand for waiver or reduction of the interest levied on the capitalisation cost imposed on the allottees by the TNHB.

A representation was submitted to the Minister by the Federation of the Welfare Associations of Anna Nagar seeking the waiver of both the capitalisation cost and the interest . The federation said that the allottees of the TNHB's Phase I, II and III have been asked to pay a capitalisation cost and interest on it, several years after they had paid the stipulated cost of the houses. The allottees were not informed about their liability with regard to the capitalisation cost. Much to the shock of the allottees, the TNHB has asked them to pay sums ranging from Rs.8,000 to 20,000 as capitalisation cost and from Rs.30,000 to Rs.3 lakhs towards interest on it now.

Seventy five of the 2,093 buyers of houses from the TNHB at Navalpattu Anna Nagar were issued the sale deeds on Tuesday. The rest will receive the documents in phases.

T.Soundiah, Collector, said the hand over of sale deeds to the house owners brings to an end a long pending issue. K.N.Sekaran, MLA, said steps have been taken to widen the 120 feet road linking the locality with the Tiruchi-Pudukottai National Highway.

Manoharan, Executive Engineer, TNHB, and others spoke.