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Model Roads project: Corporation begins work on D.B. Road

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The Hindu       07.03.2017  

Model Roads project: Corporation begins work on D.B. Road

Coimbatore Corporation and ITDP have started the Model Roads project work on D.B. Road in the city.M. PeriasamyM_PERIASAMY  

Telephone lines and power cables to go underground

Coimbatore Corporation and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) have commenced the Model Roads Project work a few days ago at the southern end of the D.B. Road in R.S. Puram.

According to sources, the two agencies have begun the work near the Corporation’s water tank on a 50-metre stretch, where they would be studying the alignment of the utility lines and the passage of power cables and telephone lines in the area. Thereafter, they would provide ducts to conceal the cables and lines, cover the road, then take up pedestrian pathway development. The work on the median would be the last.

The Corporation is executing the Model Roads project on 1.80 km stretch of D.B. Road and 1.20 km of T.V. Swamy Road. The telephone and power cables would go underground, the pedestrian pathway would be of uniform width and height so that pedestrians could seamlessly walk from one end to another and the carriage way too would be of uniform width.

As part of the project, the two agencies would also work to remodel road junctions so that the turning radius is uniform and bus movement is not hindered. The Corporation along with ITDP is also taking up the project on M.K. Palayam Road, Race Course and Sanganoor Road.


Drainage tops the list of demands of Ward 88 residents

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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.


Corporation to take residents’ inputs for model road project

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The Hindu     14.02.2017  

Corporation to take residents’ inputs for model road project

The civic body will develop 1.6 km of D.B. Road into a world-class one with pedestrian-friendly features.- File Photo: S. Siva SaravananS_SIVA SARAVANAN  

Coimbatore Corporation and its partners implementing the model road project on D.B. Road and T.V. Swamy Street will engage the public for suggestions on February 18 and 19.

According to sources, the Corporation will place giant images of how the roads will look after the project is implemented and seek suggestions from the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Corporation Kalaiarangam.

The Corporation is implementing the model road project at Rs. 5.50 crore to develop 1.6 km of D.B. Road and 1.1 km of T.V. Swamy Street so that they have uniform motor carriage way, pedestrian-friendly pavements and ducts for cables.

On February 18, senior bureaucrats will brief the public on how the Corporation proposed to implement the project and the salient features of the model road. Thereafter, they will throw open the floor for suggestions from the public.

Representatives of the Corporation and the partner agencies - RAAC and ITDP - will note down the suggestions to incorporate them in the model road plan, the sources say and add that no major changes such as shifting bus shelters or stops can be considered, though.

The Corporation had recently held a joint inspection with TANGEDCO for taking underground the power cables and with telecom service providers for taking underground their cables.

Once the Corporation implemented the model road project, vehicle parking will be better regulated on the roads. Consequently, the number of vehicles parked on the road will come down. To address this problem, the Corporation is looking at alternative parking spaces in the vicinity. The sources say that the civic body is also in talks with restaurants and big commercial establishments on the two roads to make them look for alternative parking spaces.

The Corporation is implementing the model road project on Sanganoor Road, NSR Road, in Race Course and Masakalipalayam Road as well.


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