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Roads or water? Tirupur Municipality faces dilemma

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RISKY RIDE: With road laying works getting delayed, people find it difficult to traverse on Sivan Theatre Cut Road at Angeripalayam in Tirupur. - Photo: M. Balaji
RISKY RIDE: With road laying works getting delayed, people find it difficult to traverse on Sivan Theatre Cut Road at Angeripalayam in Tirupur. - Photo: M. Balaji

M. Gunasekaran

Mulls over plan to carry out both works in unison without wasting public money

TIRUPUR: Amid growing discontent among the public over the pathetic condition of roads, the Tirupur Municipality seems to be in another dilemma.

As the Municipality has already begun to invite tenders for a massive plan to re-lay the battered roads, pressure for providing fresh water connections is causing concern.

After a gap of five years, the Municipality has resumed providing new water connections on September 15 and had so far provided more than 1,000 connections.

Waiting list

It is expected to give another 1,000 connections in a week to achieve the target of 2,000 sanctioned connections. But there is a waiting list of more than 8,000 connections, spreading all the 52 wards of the town.

According to sources, the Municipality is trying its best to get sanction from the Commissioner of Municipal Administration to provide all the 8,000-odd connections at the earliest.

Repairing roads

As Assembly elections are fast approaching and the South West Monsoon is due in June, the Municipality is on the race against time despite having enough funds.

At the same time, the Municipality has begun tender process for the 28.44-crore project to repair 115-km long roads in the town.

Water connections

As per schedule, the physical work has to be started by February first week.

Now, the concern is if the Municipality lays roads as per schedule from February, the roads need to be cut and dug up again to provide water connections.

Permission

When contacted, Municipal Commissioner M. Ashokan said that they would explain the situation to the Commissioner of Municipal Administration and was confident in getting sanction to provide new water connections.

Once they obtain permission they would execute the work on a war footing, the Commissioner added.

Meanwhile the local body is working on a strategy to carryout both the works in unison without wasting public money.

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