To repair the roads that were dug up to execute UGD work

Coimbatore Corporation has planned to ask the State Government for more funds for repairing roads, said Mayor S.M. Velusamy on Thursday.

At the monthly council meeting he said that following the increase in the pace of completion of the underground drainage work, the Corporation was in need of money to repair roads that were dug up during the execution of the work.

The civic body had laid UGD pipeline for over 200 km ever since the present council assumed charge.

As a follow up to the completion, it had laid roads, thanks to the Rs. 55 crore it obtained from the State Government. It required another Rs. 70 crore to repair more roads. Mr. Velusamy said that he had approached the Chief Minister in this regard and was hopeful of getting the amount sanctioned, at least as a loan.

On the water supply front, the Corporation had made progress in that it had been able to meet the shortfall in Siruvani supply with the water from the Pilloor II scheme. Only 12 wards were entirely dependent on Siruvani and to meet their needs it was using the 30 – 35 mld Siruvani water it received. For other wards, it supplied only Pilloor II scheme water.

To ease traffic congestion in the city, the Corporation had planned a road along the Sanganur Canal. It would take up the road work while executing the Sanganur Canal cleaning work, which it had proposed as part of JNNURM II scheme and sought funds from the Central Government.

Once that road became a reality, it would connect Mettupalayam Road, Sathyamangalam Road, Avinashi Road and Trichy Road and ease traffic congestion to a great extent. Councillors highlighted the issues in their wards. Most of them sought more bore wells to meet the water supply demand. Mr. Velusamy asked Councillors for a list of scheme roads the Corporation could take up in their wards for inclusion in the 2013-14 Budget. He also asked for places to be identified for building ward offices.

One of the issues, the Councillors highlighted was absence of undertakers in a few burial grounds.

North Zone Chairman P. Rajkumar sought facility to make available online birth and death certificates. He said that the Chennai Corporation had such a facility. Responding to the suggestion, Commissioner in-charge S. Sivarasu said that the Corporation would be able to provide such a facility from the new financial year onwards – April 1, 2013.

The process was already on and records till 2009 had been digitised.

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