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Marked for development: A view of the bus-stand in Ariyalur.
Marked for development: A view of the bus-stand in Ariyalur.

Staff Reporter

Ariyalur Collector lists steps being taken to augment facilities in town

ARIYALUR: Extending the jurisdiction of the Ariyalur third-grade Municipality and improving its revenue through including adjoining village panchayats encompassed within the Bypass Road; broadening of main roads to ease traffic congestion; improving the dilapidated condition of the market; expansion of bus stand with all facilities including lavatories and urinals; and upgrading of the existing hospital with latest equipment were among the main suggestions put forth by stake holders during a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threat) analysis conducted on Wednesday by SMEC (Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation), a consulting agency supported by the Tamil Nadu Urban Development Project – III for evolving City Development Plan (CDP) for the next 25 years.

As part of the analysis a questionnaire was given to the stakeholders comprising representatives of political, social and service organisations to elicit information on their residential status; what they like the most about their town and its specialities; and how they compare their town with nearby cities and big cities like Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai.

The participants were asked to prioritise the problems they face with regard to infrastructure, transport, public facilities and environment: the problems pertaining to roads, drinking water, underground sewerage, storm water drains, solid waste disposal, street light, parking facilities, slums, health facilities, schools and colleges, park and playfield, market, community hall, and environmental pollution (river / lake; air, water, land and noise pollution, open drain, open space and floods).

According to the representatives of SMEC, the objectives of formulating CDP is to develop a comprehensive idea with the foresight of integrating the local body’s cultural facets, economic condition, and scope for future industrial growth, in order to identify revenue generation avenues, make out the investment required for creating basic facilities, and set development targets.

Collector R. Sudalaikannan said that expansion of the bus stand was on the anvil, and that the drainage water from the town will be diverted to the deepest part of the Sitheri tank.

He spoke of the steps taken to streamline traffic in the town to ease congestion and informed that the College Road would be developed with the involvement of a cement company and utilisation of a portion of the flood relief funds routed to the local body by the district administration. Tenders would be called for soon for laying the road at the earliest, he said.

SP’s views

The Superintendent of Police D. Krishnamoorthy emphasised on the need for expanding the town limit, and called upon motorists to desist from parking their vehicles by the sides of narrow roads since the public will be pushed to the danger of walking in the middle of the path.

Municipal Chairperson Vijayalakshmi, Vice-Chairman Subramanian and Executive Officer Deivasigamani were also present during the discussion.

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