The KGF team, led by its chairman A Sakthivel and vice-chairman Vanitha Mohan, thanked the CM for expediting the land acquisition project for expansion of the Coimbatore international airport. They urged him to revise the design of the 70-year-old Uppilipalayam roundabout, which is causing traffic congestion in the city. The Ukkadam flyover project has been dragging for over five years and it should be completed to ease traffic towards Palakkad and Pollachi.
“Frequent accidents are occurring on Mettupalayam Road due to lack of proper service roads. The ongoing flyover work at four places needs to be completed at the earliest to avoid such accidents,” the memorandum said. “The local body has retrieved large parcels of land in the water bodies like Krishnampathi tank, Muthanan, Periyakulam and Valankulam that were encroached. While these lands are being used for the smart city project, they should be used to expand water storage capacity of the lakes. Concrete should not be used to strengthen bunds of lakes as it may disturb the ecosystem of the wetlands.”
The members stressed on restoration of Noyyal River as unchecked discharge of effluent into the river is resulting in contamination of groundwater. They stressed on building effluent treatment plants to prevent pollution. They also sought steps to increase water retention capacity of Siruvani dam by desilting catchments areas and feeder channels.
Development of Salem- Coimbatore industrial corridor will connect four western districts while inviting industries and investors to set up units, the memorandum said.