The Tiruchi Corporation has planned to hire a consultant to prepare the project reports and estimates for an array of development projects in Tiruchirapalli

The development projects planned by the Tiruchi Corporation will include construction of a commercial complex at Yanaikulam grounds near Singarathope in the city.

The corporation has planned to request the Commissioner of Municipal Administration to identify the consultant. The proposal would be forwarded to the government for approval after a resolution on the subject is adopted at the corporation council.

Apart from Yanaikulam commercial complex, the civic body plans to take up six other projects under the initiative.

These include establishing a couple of parking lots on old Chathram premises near Holy Cross College junction and near Diamond Jubilee building at Gandhi Market, construction of modern goat slaughterhouse with an effluent treatment plant near Gandhi Market, and construction of new shops for mutton, fish, and chicken traders at the market.

The consultant would also be asked to take up a study on an earlier proposal to go in for scientific closure of the accumulated garbage at the corporation’s garbage dump yard at Ariyamangalam.

These apart, the corporation has planned to establish six new English medium elementary schools in the city.

Interestingly, the proposal on the construction of a commercial complex at Yanaikulam has been hanging fire for nearly two decades. The project was halted owing to litigation after the foundation for the structure was laid. Repeated attempts to revive the project have failed, although the corporation on several years during the past decade had made financial allocations for the project in its annual budgets.

Sources in the corporation said that efforts were on to bring the litigation to an end and talks have been held with some of the litigants on withdrawing the case.

Similarly, the corporation council had already approved a proposal to go in for the scientific closure of the accumulated mounds of garbage at Ariyamangalam garbage dump, by converting them into green hillocks, on the lines of a project executed in Coimbatore.

The corporation decision to appoint a consultant for the two old projects has come as a surprise to many senior councillors.

Although the corporation had originally planned to build a commercial complex on old Chathram campus near Holy Cross College Junction, it has now altered the proposal to establish a parking lot.

A modern slaughterhouse at Gandhi Market too was planned some years ago, but failed to take off. The latest move envisages creation of new facilities to replace the existing ones at the market.

A section of elected representatives, however, welcomed the corporation move to establish six new schools in the city. Currently, the corporation has 70 schools and Tamil is the medium of instruction in all the schools. The civic body would identify six places to open the new schools.