For not initiating steps to repair or re-lay damaged roads
TIRUNELVELI: Collector M. Jayaraman on Wednesday came down heavily on the officials of Department of Highways for not taking any steps to repair or relay the badly damaged roads and also the service and the adjoining roads at Vannarpet in Palayamkottai, where a flyover is being constructed.
Addressing the District Planning Committee meeting held at the Collectorate, Mr. Jayaraman said the industrialists of this region wanted to have a ring road around Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai so that the heavy vehicles proceeding towards Kerala from Tuticorin via Shencottai could reach their destinations without traversing the ‘twin towns.’
Petition for a ring road
And they also submitted a petition in this regard to the Deputy Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin, who had promised to initiate positive steps for realising it.
“However the Department of Highways has not initiated any action in this connection even after a petition has reached the hands of the Deputy Chief Minister. I want the Department of Highways to prepare a project report on creating a ring road around the twin towns of Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai. Moreover, adequate attention should be paid to ensure free flow of traffic at Vannarpet, where traffic snarl has become a part of life due to bad roads. Can you leave this road at this shabby state itself if the Chief Minister is to travel on this stretch? The badly damaged roads should be either be repaired or re-laid before December 31,” Mr. Jayaraman ordered.
District Planning Committee chairman and chairman of District Panchayat Council M. Graham Bell, who presided over the meeting, said the Public Works Department officials should take earnest steps to release water in the Radhapuram Channel from Petchipaarai dam so that all the 52 rain-fed tanks in this region would facilitate farming operations during this season.
Moreover, the Thovaalai Channel, through which water from the dam reaches the Radhapuram Channel, should also be repaired.
Corporation Commissioner K. Baskaran participated in the meeting.