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The project can accommodate over 800 vehicles at a time

Commissioner K. Sivakumar clarifying a point at a meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council on Thursday.—Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Commissioner K. Sivakumar clarifying a point at a meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council on Thursday.—Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

There is a proposal to create a parking facility here at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.9 crore, said the Municipal Commissioner K. Sivakumar while responding to queries raised by members at a meeting of the Udhagamandalam Municipal Council (UMC) held here on Thursday.

Stating that a place near the Central Bus Stand has been identified, he said that the proposed project provides for the accommodation of about 800 vehicles at a time. Lamenting that problems relating to parking have attained alarming proportions, members urged the authorities to crackdown on unauthorised collection of parking fees in various parts of the town.

J. Ravikumar (DMK) said that such illegal activities should be taken to the notice of the police. He added that the municipal market should be improved. Raja Mohamed (AIADMK) said that stray cattle should be kept away from the market.

Municipal Engineer B. Ramoorthy said that street lights inside the market which are not functioning are in the process of being replaced and instructions have been issued to improve the toilets. When asked about a reported move to demolish the municipal market and put up a modern structure, Mr. Sivakumar said that it was only at a proposal stage.

With many of the members underscoring the need to spruce up the holiday destination before the curtain goes up on summer tourist season, Sampath (AIADMK) and Thambi Ismail (DMDK) sought action against road side workshops. R. Madhavan (AIADMK) said the parking of vehicles on pedestrian walks should be viewed seriously. Encroachers should be evicted. Chairperson K. Sathyabama, who presided, promised that appropriate action would be taken.

Councillors said that the town should be made litter free. Garbage should not be allowed to accumulate. Steps should be taken to tackle the stray dogs menace.

Mr. Ramoorthy said that due to lack of rain some parts of the town are likely to face water scarcity. Hence, it has been proposed to install water tanks in such places.

Susheela Agilan (DMK) said that medical waste should not be allowed to enter residential areas through broken drains.

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