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Clean-up of Cooum key to beautification of Chennai

Special Correspondent

Chief Minister exhorts officials to take necessary steps

— Photo: M. Vedhan

mega event: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi inaugurating the Tourism and Trade Fair on Island Grounds in Chennai on Wednesday. (Left) K.S. Sripathi, Chief Secretary, and N. Suresh Rajan, Tourism Minister, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Chennai can be said to have been beautified only when the Cooum river is beautified, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Wednesday.

Regretting that the previous efforts to clean the river went waste, he said the Cooum should become the Thames of Tamil Nadu and steps should be taken to beautify it.

He was inaugurating the 35th Tourism and Trade Fair organised by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). This time, the fair is being held as part of the centenary celebrations of former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai.

Narrating the steps taken by his government in removing hoardings in the city despite several hurdles, the Chief Minister said they were part of enabling people to relish the natural landscape of the city. He exhorted the Chennai Mayor and other government officials to strive hard to make the city beautiful. In spite of numerous measures of the government, including the scheme of rice at Re.1 a kg, not many were praising the administration. Regardless of this, steps were being taken by the government to win the acclaim of the poor and the common man. Mr. Karunanidhi explained how the literary classics such as Silapadhikaram covered a number of places of tourism importance in the State.

N. Suresh Rajan, Tourism and Registration Minister, said 20 lakh tourists were expected to visit the fair this time. Last year, the number was 15 lakhs. So far, a revenue of Rs.2.2 crore had been netted by organising the event.

M. Subramanian, Chennai Mayor, said arrangements had been made at the stall of the civic body for taking printouts of death and birth certificates. C. Kuppusamy, Member of Parliament (North Chennai), K.S. Sripathi, Chief Secretary, V. Irai Anbu, Tourism Secretary, Sanwat Ram, Chairman, and M. Rajaram, Managing Director of the TTDC participated in the function.

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