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Residents besiege Minister

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, FEB.28. Residents of Maniam Kaliappa Street (East) at K.K. Pudur in the city besieged the Local Administration Minister, K.P. Anbazhagan, at the Coimbatore Corporation's office this evening, seeking his intervention in retrieving a road that leads to their layout.

Led by the Congress Councillor from Ward 62, `Colony' R. Venkatachalam, they assembled at the Corporation when the Minister held talks with the officials and elected representatives on the condition of the unapproved layouts.

As he emerged from the building and was about to board his vehicle, the residents approached the Minister and showed him a photograph of the 30 ft road, 20 ft of which has been allegedly fenced by a landowner.

The residents claimed that the road was part of a Directorate of Town and Country Planning approved layout and no part of it fell within any private property. The barbed wire fence left only 10 ft that proved to be a chicken neck. "The road provides access to not only our colony but also to at least another 20 layouts.

Besides, the narrowing of the road has left very little manoeuvrable space for big vehicles. Ambulances and fire engines cannot negotiate the two sharp curves caused by the reduction in the road width," a resident said.

After the Minister left, assuring them that the officials would be asked to look into their complaint, the residents met the Corporation Commissioner, Anil Meshram, and apprised him of the situation.

BJP fast

Even as the Minister made his entry into the Corporation in the afternoon for the meeting, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party Councillors sat close to the entrance on fast, with black gags across their mouth.

Symbolically indicating that their plea for amenities such as good roads and proper streetlighting was yet to evoke any response from the civic body, they were on fast throughout the day. They submitted a memorandum to the Minister, listing out the woes of the residents in their wards.

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