Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: Some of the roads in Coonoor would soon be improved at a cost of Rs. 5 crore, said the Coonoor Municipal Chairman, M. Ramasamy, has said.

Speaking to mediapersons at Coonoor on Thursday, he said that the funds had been provided under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission for Urban Infrastructure Development of Small and Medium Towns and the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP).

The repairs would be completed within three months. The works would be monitored by the officials and the councillors. Special equipment for paving the roads would be used for the first time.

If the contractors failed to adhere to the norms, appropriate action would be initiated against them.

Pointing out that there is a proposal to expand the Coonoor bus stand and the municipal market, he said that the opinion of experts would be sought in this regard. Based on their report, the civic administration would take appropriate steps.

While a sum of Rs. 7 lakh has been sanctioned for repairing the public conveniences, a ground-level reservoir would be constructed near the Appleby Road at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh. A sum of Rs. 10 lakh has been earmarked for the burial grounds.

Since the Raliah Dam, the main source of water for the town was in need of repairs, it was proposed to strengthen it and replace the pipes. The Guerency Water Supply Scheme implemented at a cost of Rs. 68 lakh during the AIADMK regime is yet to serve its purpose. A report will be submitted to the government. The district administration would be requested to organise a two-day summer festival at Coonoor.