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May 3, 2009

The needs of KOVAI !!


The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Residents’ Awareness Association of Coimbatore and more than 100 other organisation have compiled a list of 10 major infrastructure requirements for Coimbatore and have presented it before the candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections from here.

Titled “Vision Kovai-Mission 10”, the organisations have put on top of the list the need for ring roads, link roads, flyovers and subways to rid the existing roads of congestion.

The organisations have called for speedy implementation of the project for an outer ring road that should begin at the Avanashi Road-Nilambur Bypass Road junction.As per the project, it will connect Sathyamangalam Road and Mettupalayam Road (at Perianaickenpalayam).

Another ring road should be laid to connect the bypass road from Nilambur with Palakkad Road, covering Thudialur and the western periphery of the city.

Widening of Avanashi Road, Dr. Nanjappa Road, Kamaraj Road and Thadagam Road are the other demands. Exclusive bi-cycle tracks are needed on all roads.

The wish list, described as “People’s Manifesto”, demands six-laning of all National and State Highways roads that pass through the city to Pollachi, Tirupur, Mettupalayam, Sathyamangalam and Palakkad.Four lanes must be provided on the roads leading to Perur and Marudamalai.

The Coimbatore region uses the Thoothukudi sea port extensively. Therefore, better road links from here to the port should be established.The list also calls for the completion of the Salem-Walayar section of the Golden Quadrilateral highway link project of the Central Government.

Demand

RAAC’s prominent demand for 12 link roads to decongest the existing main roads figures in the mainfesto.

Road over bridges are needed on Avarampalayam Road, on Pollachi Road at Kurichi, on 7th Street Extension at Rathinapuri, Vilankurichi Road, SIHS Colony Road, Thairetteri Road, near Kikani School and near Peelamedu railway station.

Bus terminals at Thudialur, Kurumbapalayam and Kovilpalayam on Sathyamangalam Road and Chinniampalayam and truck terminals at Narasimhanaickenpalayam on Mettupalayam Road, on Palakkad Road, at Nilambur, Malumichampatti, Kovilpalayam (on Sathyamangalam) are some of the other infrastructure demanded by the people’s manifesto.

The manifesto demands subways at 21 places in the city.

These include Dr. Nanjappa Road-Cross Cut Road junction, Hope College, near Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, Ukkadam Bus Stand, Big Bazaar Street-Oppanakara Street junction, Bank Road (railway junction road), Town Hall, Ramanathapuram-Nanjundapuram Road junction, Anna Statue junction on Avanashi Road, D.B. Road-T.V. Swamy Road junction and at Ganapathy.

The city needs multi-level parking facilities in 12 busy commercial areas such as Cross-Cut Road, at the Coimbatore Corporation shopping complex on Avanashi Road (near JM signal), Tyagi Kumaran Market on Raja Street, R.S. Puram, 100 Feet Road and near Ukkadam Fish Market.

Flyovers are needed at nine points such as Gandhipuram junction, Lakshmi Mills junction and three other spots on Avanashi Road, two on Tiruchi Road and another on Mettupalayam Road near Saibaba Colony. At an interface organised at the chamber of commerce, candidates of various parties also spoke on the need for these facilities in the city.

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