Urban News

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Drainage tops the list of demands of Ward 88 residents

Print PDF

The Hindu     14.02.2017

Drainage tops the list of demands of Ward 88 residents

Development of the road that will link Edayarpalayam to Selvapuram is one of the demands of Ward 88 residents.- Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

As is the case with most wards in added areas in the Coimbatore Corporation, Ward 88 also lacks storm water drain and underground drainage system.

The Ward was formed by combining three wards of the then Kuniamuthur Municipality - Wards 17, 18 and 19. It extends from Sundakkamuthur Main Road in the north to Edayarpalayam in the south and from Sundakkamuthur in the west to Palakkad Main Road in the east.

The Ward has very few industries and most of the commercial activity takes place on Palakkad Main Road. Rice Mill Road, Pal Pannai Veethi, and Dal Factory Road are the old town areas and the newly developed layouts include Government Officers’ Colony, J.J. Nagar, M.S. Garden and a few more.

The residents said that most of the residential areas did not have storm water drainage and the entire Ward did not have underground drainage facility. With the number of people increasing, it was important that the Corporation provided the amenities at the earliest, said V. Shanmugam, a resident of Cholan Nagar.

The water supply situation had worsened in the recent past, thanks to the poor storage position in the Siruvani Reservoir, but their problem was that the Corporation’s supply was irregular. The residents were clueless about the water supply time; sometimes it would be around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., complained M. Chitti Babu, a resident.

The other big problem - something that is common across other added areas - is the number of unapproved layouts where the Corporation cannot provide basic amenities such as street lights or drains.

Not only in the layouts, but in many other areas in the Ward, the street lighting is poor, complains E. Suresh, a resident of J.J. Nagar.

One of the big-ticket development projects that the residents want is a link road from Edayarpalayam to Sundakkamuthur Road so that residents of the area could easily reach Selvapuram by taking Kovaipudur Bypass Road.

Former Councillor of the Ward, Amutha Arulmozhi, said that she had taken up with the Corporation the need for the road and was pursuing it with help from the Municipal Administration Minister.

The other demands include an end to the illegal dumping of waste and debris along Sengulam Tank bund road and in new layouts.