Staff Reporter

Speedy implementation of ring roads on priority basis sought

COIMBATORE: The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, has sought an integrated urban development authority for the city.

This was one of the resolutions passed at the annual general meeting of the chamber held here recently. The authority should cover land use, building construction, roads, transport, water and drainage infrastructure. The city also needed an expanded airport with direct flights to European destinations.

The chamber pointed out that more than 100 scheme roads were proposed in the Master Plan 12 years ago. Smaller cities such as Tiruchi, Salem and Thanjavur had rings roads. But, Coimbatore, though highly industrialised, did not have a ring road. Ring roads would help avoid traffic congestion within the city and enable smooth flow of traffic. “We request for speedy implementation of the ring roads on priority basis,” according to a resolution.

The National Highways here, including Coimbatore-Avinashi, Coimbatore-Mettupalayam, Coimbatore-Palakkad, should be connected by a circular, six-lane road by the end of next year.

Encroachments

Encroachments on the banks of the Noyyal should be removed and water sources should be maintained free of silt. Efforts should be taken to ensure that drainage water was not let into these water bodies.

Industries in Coimbatore region used the Thoothukudi seaport extensively and hence better road links were needed.

A special economic zone should be formed for the benefit of the small and medium-scale enterprises such as foundries, pump and motor units and auto component manufacturers.

Coimbatore had been witnessing fast development and attracting investors from different countries. The need of the hour was a plan to improve the infrastructure of the region and ensure total development. These infrastructure projects would help improve the economy of the region, the chamber said.

The chamber also proposed to bring out a forecast for the city for 2025 and another on the economic history of the region.

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