Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary Jayalalithaa on Friday promised drinking water supply schemes, underground drainage works, bridges and subways for Erode, Tirupur and Coimbatore Corporations while seeking votes for the party's candidates in the elections to the local bodies scheduled for October 17 and 19.
The AIADMK general secretary launched her election campaign in Western Tamil Nadu from Salem and flew by helicopter to Erode, Tirupur and Coimbatore, before returning to Chennai.
Addressing an election meeting at Chithode near Erode, the Chief Minister promised the electorate that a bridge across Cauvery would be constructed, connecting Erode and Pallipalayam to ease traffic congestion.
She also promised a flyover near MGR statue and a ring road to ensure free flow of traffic.
She said efforts would be made to establish a common effluent treatment plant for the textile processing and tannery industries to put an end to issues of pollution.
The other promises included implementation of the Uratchikottai water supply scheme and speedy repairs to the roads damaged by the laying of underground drainage pipe lines.
At Tirupur, the AIADMK general secretary promised implementation of the fourth drinking water supply scheme and overall development, besides extension of underground drainage scheme to all wards.
Among other promises were the creation of more recreational parks and an integrated daily market.
She charged the DMK regime with having failed to address infrastructure needs of the knitwear city. In Coimbatore, the Chief Minister promised implementation of the Kavundampalayam drinking water supply scheme and repairs to the roads damaged by Under Ground Drainage works.
Among the assurances for Coimbatore's infrastructure, the notable ones included an effective solid waste management system, subways and bridges to decongest the city traffic, expansion of the bus stand at Gandhipuram and construction of an indoor stadium besides expansion of the Corporation's zoological park.
(With inputs from V.S. Palaniappan in Coimbatore, R. Ilangovan in Salem, S. Ramesh in Erode and R. Vimal Kumar in Tirupur).