Long term benefits for Coimbatore

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: The announcements in the State Budget are expected to bring about some long term benefits to Coimbatore district.

The Western Ring Road at a cost of Rs. 284 crore for 26 km would be a boon for Coimbatore in the long run, says K. Kathirmathiyon, Secretary, Coimbatore Consumer Cause. The road from Kovaipudur, starting from Palakkad Road connecting Mettupalayam Road via Perur Road, Marudhamalai Road and Thadagam Road would affect a maximum of 12 buildings. Mr. Kathirmathiyon also welcomed the efforts to widen the most congested and accident- prone Mettupalayam Road at an outlay of nearly Rs. 49 crore.

The other announcement sanctioning Rs. 127.5 crore for carrying out improvement works to Parambikulam – Aliyar Project (PAP) is news to rejoice for the farming community benefiting from the PAP.

The maintenance of the same in full perhaps would be taking place after nearly 45 years. Lack of maintenance has not only resulted in seepage of water but also in many instances of breaches. Once the maintenance is over, a substantial quantum of water could be saved. The other announcement is the first phase of the World Classical Tamil Meet botanical garden for Coimbatore on 49.4 acres of the vacant Central Prison compound at an outlay of Rs. 20 crore.

This besides being a commemoration of Tamil meet would also enhance green cover and lung space, says K. Kalidasan, President of OSAI.

Welcome move

The Southern India Engineering Manufacturers' Association has welcomed announcements in the budget regarding establishment of new industries, approach roads to industrial estates, and the reduction of 12.5 per cent tax on products such as i-pod, MP3, and MP4 players to one per cent. This was a welcome move.

However, the association expressed disappointment that there was no announcement on establishing industrial estates in Coimbatore.

RAAC hails allocation

The Residents' Awareness Association of Coimbatore has welcomed the allocation of Rs.50 crore announced in the State Budget on Friday for the widening of the Coimbatore - Mettupalayam Road. Four lanes would be provided on this road that was the route to Udhagamandalam.

Association vice-president R.R. Balasundaram said in a press release that the project would help in reducing accidents on the road.

RAAC also welcomed the announcement that a western bypass road, connecting Mettupalayam Road, Thadagam Road, Marudhamalai Road, Perur Road and Palakkad Road.

This bypass road would help travellers to Udhagamandalam and Mysore avoid driving through the city. “Both these are long pending demands and RAAC thanks the Government for the announcement,” the release said. The association also welcomed the announcement that fuels produced from solid waste and articles such as palm leaf plates and cups were exempted from Sales Tax.

It, however, regretted that there was no announcement on constituting a Greater Coimbatore Development Authority. “We expect the Chief Minister to announce this at least during the World Classical Tamil Conference.”

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