COIMBATORE:Officials of the City Corporation here on Saturday took possession of a piece of land gifted by the owners to widen a scheme road at Nallapalayam.
The owners -- Kalidas and Govardhandas -- had given the 13 cents to the civic body in 2012.
On Saturday, the corporation started demolishing a compound wall on the land, which is stated to be 121-metres-long and 13 -metres high.
The Corporation will take over 48 cents of the vacant land for the 80-feet road. This locality is only 50 metres away from the Mettupalayam Road.
Widening the five-km road will also effectively link two major roads in the city.
This will enable motorists to reach Mettupalayam Road via Nallampalayam Road from Ramakrishna Mill Junction on Sathy road, saving them a considerable amount of time.
“We are conducting a survey of other landowners on the five-km stretch. Discussions will be held with them and compensation given for their land to widen the scheme road,” said a Corporation official on condition of anonymity.
Activists say, the Corporation officials should speed up acquisition of land to widen scheme roads as traffic in the city is increasing day by day.
The existing infrastructure is not enough for the increasing traffic.