The Local Planning Authority (LPA) is likely to fund select infrastructure projects in the city that will help ease traffic congestion.
An official of the LPA told The Hindu on Wednesday that with increasing number of vehicles, the city required more parking areas. During his recent visit to Coimbatore, Director of Town and Country Planning A. Karthik visited four sites that could be developed for multi-tier or mechanised parking. These were parking spaces now maintained by the Corporation at Ukkadam, R.S. Puram, Clock Tower area and Gandhipuram. The LPA would provide the funds for development of the facilities and nominal parking fee could be collected.
The Director also explored the possibility of installing escalators at Gandhipuram (near the bus stand) and on Tiruchi Road (in front of the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital). The elderly were finding it difficult to use the foot overbridge at Gandhipuram.
On Tiruchi Road, the heavy traffic flow posed a problem for pedestrians who wanted to go to the hospital from the bus stand.
Another project that the LPA was expected to fund was a 60 feet road from Veerappa Thevar Colony to Nanjundapuram Road.
Though the LPA had earlier proposed a 100 feet scheme road from Nanjundapuram to Ukkadam bypass, land was already available for a 60 feet road till Veerappa Thevar Colony. Hence, this would be developed at the earliest, the official said.
Since the proposed projects were in the city, the Corporation should prepare a detailed project report and estimate for the proposals. The LPA had also sought suggestions and views of the Police and the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) on the projects. The projects would be finalised after obtaining the inputs from the local body and other agencies, the official said.