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Municipality augments water supply, builds park

Positive steps: Veerappan Chatram Municipality has augmented water supply and built a park under Anna Marumalarchi Thittam.

Positive steps: Veerappan Chatram Municipality has augmented water supply and built a park under Anna Marumalarchi Thittam.   | Photo Credit: – PHOTO:M. GOVARTHAN

Karthik Madhavan

It is also upgrading two earthen roads to tar roads

ERODE: Until a few months ago, the 18,000 sq.ft. plot belonging to Veerappan Chatram Municipality at Manickampalayam was a barren land.

The civic body had erected a few equipments and put up a board announcing that it was a site reserved for recreation. And then nothing happened for a long time.

Today, however, the plot is lush green, as the Municipality is engaged in converting it in to a park. Towards converting the plot into a park, it has invested Rs. 10 lakh, which it got from the State Government under the Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AMT).

Explaining the developments at the site, a source says the civic body has built a compound, laid foot path, put up children’s play materials and planted trees.

Once the work is finished, it will handover the premises to the local residents’ welfare association for maintenance.

The building of a park is only a part of the work undertaken under AMT, though.

The major work the civic body undertook is the laying of a pipeline to carry 10 lakh litres of water to an over-head tank (OHT) in Nerikalmedu, off Bhavani Road, to meet drinking water needs. The sources say at present the Municipality pumps 60 lakh litres a day which it supplies to 73,000 people on alternate days.

The water to the 10-lakh-litre OHT is diverted from this 60 lakh litre. Once the separate pipeline is laid and put in use, the residents will get the entire 60 lakh litres. And, the residents of Bhavani Road, Vairapalayam, Nerikalmedu, Sinthan Nagar and neighbouring areas will get water from the OHT.

Towards laying the pipeline and augmenting the water supply, the civic body has spent Rs. 35 lakh.

It has spent a like sum, Rs. 30 lakh towards upgrading two earthen roads to tar roads.

An earthen road in Raghavendra Nagar, off Nasiyanur Road, and Karattangadu and Veerappampalayam will be converted.

The source says with the conversion, the civic body will achieve the distinction of having no earthen roads at all. As part of the Rs. 75-lakh AMT works, it has also installed a high mast light in front of the Collectorate, at Sampath Nagar junction.

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