R. Vimal Kumar
Tirupur: Even as the recent notification of Tirupur district brought cheers to the industrialists and a large section of population in the knitwear city, it has raised its share of dissent.
The opposition has come mainly from the residents of Udumalpet who, by and large, feel that the merger of the taluk with Tirupur district will cause considerable logistic inconvenience to them. With the inauguration of Tirupur district just a few weeks away, the discord is attracting attention. R. Sivashanmugam, co-ordinator of Makkal Peravai, an independent citizen’s forum comprising doctors, engineers, lawyers, Lions Club members, traders, Rotarians and members of non-political organisations, told The Hindu that the people were not against the formation of Tirupur as a district, but were concerned only at the taluk being shifted to the new district. “The merger will force the public to travel more distance than before to meet sub-divisional and district officials,” he said.
Till the reorganisation of Coimbatore district (from which Tirupur was born), people were covering 28 km to reach the revenue divisional headquarters at Pollachi, where the office of the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) was located.
Udumalpet MLA and former Minister C. Shanmugavelu pointed out that being part of Tirupur district, they would now have to travel 45 km to reach the revenue divisional headquarters at Dharapuram under which the Udumalpet taluk had been restructured. Similarly, the residents would have to travel to Tirupur city to complete all official formalities that needed to be carried out at the Collectorate.
“Though the district headquarters in Coimbatore too is of same distance, Udumalpet is better connected to Coimbatore by road and rail than with Tirupur,” the MLA said.
Dr. Sivashanmugam said the forum resolved to submit a memorandum to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to revert Udumalpet taluk to Coimbatore district.