Cutting across party lines, the corporation councillors pleaded with the Corporation Mayor A. Jaya to take immediate action on granting approval for the blue print for building to be constructed in the newly-added wards.

Five areas – Tiruverumbur town panchayat, Keezh Kalkandarkottai panchayat, Alathur panchayat, Pappakurichi panchayat and Kattur panchayat were added to the Corporation and election to the new wards 61 to 65 were also held a couple of years ago.

M. Anbazhagan (DMK) and J. Srinivasan (AIADMK) explained the hardship being experienced by the residents of these areas in getting the Corporation’s building plan approval.

No loans

The Corporation does not approve the blueprint for the new buildings in these newly-added areas for want of orders from the State government.

Mr. Srinivasan later told The Hindu that the higher middle income group people who owned a vacant site in these village panchayat-turned Corporation wards, were the worst hit, as banks or financing institutions refused to sanction loan. Further, those who were willing to sell their property in these areas were also put to hardship.

Foot overbridge planned

The meeting adopted a resolution for construction of foot over-bridge at four thoroughfares. The bridges would come up at Main Guard Gate, Anna Statue area in Chinthamani, Melapudhur and Central bus stand near Anand Hotel.

The Commissioner, in his remarks, observed that a large number of pedestrians found it difficult to cross the road at these places. It has been planned to construct the foot overbridge on public private partnership basis and, in turn, the private agencies would be permitted to advertise. The proposal would be sent to the State government, he said.