COIMBATORE:The new bitumen road, laid at the bunds of Periyakulam lake at Ukkadam in the city will be ready for two-wheeler users within a couple of days. The civic body with the help of city police has also decided to install a CCTV camera to monitor the place.
However the two-wheeler users will not able to use the newly laid 1.6-kilometre stretch of bitumen road starting from Karumbukkadai to Ukkadam in the early hours of morning. “The two-wheeler users cannot use the stretch between 5 am and 8 am as the lane will be allotted for morning walkers,” said K Vijayakarthikeyan, Commissioner of Coimbatore corporation. On Sunday, Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister SP Velumani and Mayor P Rajkumar along with the city Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan inspected the spot. The bitumen road has been laid at the bunds of Periyakulam to decongest the traffic at Ukkadam.
Though the civic body laid the bitumen road after removing the paver blocks at the bunds of Periyakulam soon after the two wheeler users complained that they were unable to travel on the road as the path had turned slippery, the civic body has not invested any money on the bitumen road work. “The entire cost for the project will be incurred by the contractor and corporation money will not be spent on it.
The paver blocks dismantled from bunds of Periyakulam at Ukkadam will be used in Perur lake where we are planning to develop bunds,” said Commissioner Vijayakarthikeyan. “We are also planning to setup a CCTV camera near the lane, which will help us monitor the situation round-the-clock and prevent untoward incidents and anti social elements,” the commissioner added further.
According to sources, the area near the bunds at Periyakulam was used by people to park tourist vans where anti-social elements allegedly gathered.