Coimbatore

29 statues to be fenced

Coimbatore Corporation will soon install wired mesharound statues in the city to prevent miscreants fromdamaging them. Photo: M. Periasamy

Coimbatore Corporation will soon install wired mesharound statues in the city to prevent miscreants fromdamaging them. Photo: M. Periasamy  

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In the coming weeks the Coimbatore Corporation will erect grills to protect statues from being desecrated by vandals. According to sources, following instructions from the State Government, the civic body would take up the task, erect grills around 29 statues within its limits and send a compliance report to the district administration.

The civic body would execute the work with its funds and erect grill to the extent that it fully covered the statues.

Officials in the district administration said that the town panchayats had completed the task. It was now the turn of municipalities and corporation.

The government had asked the administration to take up a work following a statement it made in the Assembly in 2012. Following the announcement, the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department had issued the instructions.

Once the corporation completed the task, it would handover the keys to the Coimbatore City Police, who would take over the security.

The move thought to be a positive step had drawn adverse reactions as well. The decision to install grill was in a way disrespecting the leaders, said Ku. Ramakrishnan of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam. It was nothing but confining the very leaders who fought for purging differences in society to a small space.

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