Staff Reporter

Rs.15 lakh allotted to give face-lift to town: Collector

KODAIKANAL: With sharp increase in arrival of tourists from different parts of the country, encroachments in public places and on streets in Kodaikanal town will be removed soon. Facilities in the town will be enhanced, said Collector M. Vallalar. He was launching the Jama bandhi in the tourists' town on Friday.

The summer season had picked up well in Kodaikanal. But encroachment was rampant on the road sides of prime tourists' locations such as Pillar rock, Guna cave, silver falls, lake area and green valley and it would be removed shortly. Renovation of existing tourists spots would also be taken up. A sum of Rs.15 lakh had been allotted from the general fund in order to give a complete face lift to the town. Paralysed fountain at Bryant Park would get rectified soon, he assured.

He also advised petitioners to use internet to submit their applications for settling their public grievances. They need not come to the Collectorate to submit their applications. All applicants would receive proper replies. Status of application and time taken for settling grievance and even reason for the rejection of applications would be sent to the particular petitioner through email, he said.

Mr. Vallalar also cautioned people on purchase or sale of lands on the hill station using bogus pattas. People should verify all land documents with the taluk office or concerned revenue official before purchasing lands. People should not trust land brokers and private people while purchasing lands. Stern action would be initiated against persons engaging in preparation of bogus documents and those selling lands using bogus pattas, he warned. Free house site pattas to 10 persons, identity cards of Tamil Nadu Tribal Welfare Board to 15 tribal people and community certificate to seven tribal people were distributed.

The Jama bandhi that commenced on Friday, will conclude in Kodaikanal on May 13, Vedasandur on May 19, Oddanchatram and Palani on May 18, Nilakottai on May 15, Athoor block on May 12 and Dindigul on May 20. Earlier, people from Poomparai, Kookal and nearby villages gave petitions demanding road facility, power connection and basic amenities like drinking water.