K. Manikandan

IT companies to be roped in to help fund development works

TAMBARAM: An inspection on Friday by a team of officials belonging to the Directorate of Town Panchayats has given impetus to a string of development works in Perungudi, the much-neglected gateway to the Information Technology Corridor.

The development plan proposes to rope in representatives from IT companies and also seek their views during forthcoming meetings to chalk out solutions for problems in this town.

Following an announcement in the Assembly by Local Administration Minister M.K.Stalin that Perungudi would soon get its underground drainage system, senior officials, including K.Gopal, Director of Town Panchayats, visited Perungudi to collect data as part of preliminary works. According to Mr. Gopal, technical consultants were already appointed to prepare project details and also its costs. The Detailed Project Report would soon be prepared and after administrative sanction for financial assistance, the project would start. It would be completed in two years from the date of commencement, he said.

Among the pressing problems in Perungudi are bad roads and inadequate facilities to dispose solid waste. K.P.Kandan, president of Perungudi Town Panchayat, said the local body could not singly cope with the demands.

The population in Perungudi was 24,000 in 2001 and it had more than doubled to around 50,000 now. In addition, the floating population touched around one lakh people a day, according to a study, Mr. Kandan said. G.Mohan, Assistant Director of Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram district, said the garbage generated was huge compared to local bodies of Perungudi's size.

Waste management

Among the proposals to be undertaken here are ensuring sound solid waste management practices to make it a garbage-free town, for which Rs. 15 lakh would be spent, officials said. Improvement works would be carried out on Anna Road at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 lakh.

Priority would be given to expedite pending projects taken up in the previous financial year. Local body authorities have been instructed to ensure that development works taken up during the current financial year to the tune of Rs. 2.71 crore were completed on time.

Protecting and beautifying Perungudi lake, preventing burning of garbage in the local body's limits and installation of elegant direction boards also find place in the proposals and once implemented, the town would be spruced up, officials said.

The contribution of IT companies in terms of financial assistance or any other support has not yet been finalised, but their role in giving Perungudi a facelift is being seen as significant by officials.