Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Platform vendors who were recently evicted from the NSB Road and Nandi Kovil Street, the city’s main commercial areas, are likely to be temporarily accommodated at the Yanaikulam grounds near Singarathope. The move follows a direction by the Transport Minister, K. N. Nehru, who inspected the site on Thursday.

About 100 platform vendors, who had for long selling their wares on the roadsides of the NSB Road and Nandi Kovil Street, were recently evicted by the Corporation and the police following complaints of traffic congestion. The platform vendors had been seeking alternative site to continue their trade.

On Thursday, Mr. Nehru inspected the Yanaikulam grounds along with Collector T. Soundiah, Mayor S. Sujatha and Corporation Commissioner T. T. Balsamy. He instructed the Corporation officials to temporarily accommodate the vendors at the grounds. The civic body had proposed to construct a commercial complex at the site.

Mr. Nehru also inspected the experimental traffic arrangements being enforced by the city police around Gandhi Market. He declared open a public toilet, built at a cost of Rs.3.60 lakh from the Corporation general funds, close to the Gandhi Market. Earlier, the Minister received petitions seeking improvements to basic amenities from residents of Krishnamoorthy Nagar and SMES Colony. He also distributed an exgratia of Rs.2,000 and relief material to a family, who lost their house in a recent fire accident, at Khajamalai Muslim Street. He also handed over an assistance of Rs.20,000 as his personal contribution to the family.

MLA Anbil Periyasamy, Deputy Mayor M. Anbazhagan, City Engineer S. Raja Mohammed, Executive Engineers R. Chandran and S. Arunachalam accompanied the Minister.