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Madurai Corporation limits to expand soon

Special Correspondent

Council meet passes resolution to this effect; approval from State Government sought

MADURAI: The Madurai Corporation has, in a resolution, proposed to expand the city limits from 51.82 square kilometres to 147.99 square kilometres at its council meeting here on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Mayor G. Thenmozhi.

The resolution stated that the Corporation had been providing potable water, underground drainage, good roads and streetlights, among other facilities, to the citizens. With aplenty of dwellings coming up in the suburbs abutting the existing boundary of the Corporation, it had been proposed to extend the limits so that services could be provided to more people.

New areas

The municipalities proposed to be annexed are Anaiyur, Avaniapuram and Tirupparankundram. The town panchayats include Harveypatti, Tirunagar and Vilangudi. The panchayats include Melamadai, Uthangudi, Vandiyur, Kannanendal, Naganakulam, Tiruppalai, Chinna Anuppanadi, Chinthamani, Iravadanallur, Pudukulam bit – II and Thiagarajar Colony.

The meeting sought approval from the State government to this effect. Clarifying queries from members, Corporation Commissioner S. Sebastine said that though places such as Tirumangalam figured in the expansion proposal earlier, they could not be taken up since such towns did not fit in the norms.

In between the existing boundary of the Corporation limits and the newly proposed locations, agricultural activities were being carried out. Hence, they would not qualify now, he added.

Though a majority of the members welcomed the resolution, some of the Opposition parties expressed concern as the Corporation had not fulfilled its obligations to tax payers in the existing city limits, they charged.

Water shortage

“Drinking water shortage is there in many localities,” said P. Salaimuthu of AIADMK, while M. Ganesan of CPI (M) said that streetlights were not functioning in many places.

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