TAMIL NADU

Funds for renovating moat around Big Temple

IMPROVING FACILITIES: The Union Minister of State for Finance, S.S. Palani Manickam (left), the Commercial Taxes Minister, S.N.M. Ubayathullah (second from left), S. Govindarajan (second from right), and Municipal Commissioner, S. Shanthi, at the lau nch of the action plan in Thanjavur. Photo: M. Srinath.

IMPROVING FACILITIES: The Union Minister of State for Finance, S.S. Palani Manickam (left), the Commercial Taxes Minister, S.N.M. Ubayathullah (second from left), S. Govindarajan (second from right), and Municipal Commissioner, S. Shanthi, at the lau nch of the action plan in Thanjavur. Photo: M. Srinath.  

Special Correspondent

An action plan for urban development of Thanjavur released

Thanjavur: The Union Minister of State for Finance, S.S. Palani Manickam, has offered all assistance from the Central Government for desilting and renovating the moat around the Big Temple here.

Speaking at a function organised by the Rotary Club of Thanjavur South for releasing an action plan for the urban development of Thanjavur, the Minister said that he would immediately release Rs.10 lakh from his constituency development fund, as the MP of Thanjavur for renovating the moat.

The Minister asked the municipality and voluntary organisations to join hands and start the work with the seed amount of Rs.10 lakh.

He appealed to the people to maintain the existing infrastructure and plan and improve the facilities to be built up. Encroachments remained a problem but the best way of dealing with them was to prevent encroachments, he said.

The construction or any facility like telecommunication, permission for shops, etc should be done as per the town planning rules, he said.

He said that Ayyankulam and Samanthankulam would be desilted.

S.N.M. Ubayathullah, Commercial Taxes Minister, said that the humanitarian angle should not be forgotten while taking up development works.

S. Govindarajan, who prepared the action plan for development of Thanjavur, said that any development or construction activity should take place in Thanjavur without forgetting the rich culture and heritage of the town.

He said that all vehicles going from Thanjavur to other districts in north should go only through a narrow bridge across the Vadavar, which remained the only connection for hundreds of years now.

The Keelavasal market established in 1872 has not seen any improvement for the past 134 years. A low bridge caters to the needs of those who come from the northern side to southern side for nearly 125 years now.

Thanjavur had a very good drainage system established by the Nayak kings. But it remained choked, silted up and encroached upon. The Ring Road laid around Thanjavur during the eighth world Tamil conference remained unutilised properly, he said.

The new fish market constructed at a cost of Rs.80 lakh had not been used yet.

Deivasigamani, chartered President of the Rotary Club of Thanjavur south, S.Shanthi, Municipal Commissioner and others participated.

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