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Growth breaks boundaries

M. Soundariya Preetha

Local Planning Area set to expand to 1,903 sq.km

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Expansion mode:Coimbatore's plan area is set to expand, bringing with it the scope for greater development. —

COIMBATORE: For a city that is expanding on all fronts, thanks to the growing industrialisation, it is also appropriate that it becomes a single large entity in terms of development and regulations, encouraging streamlined growth of residences, industries and commercial sectors.

According to an official of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) here, the Coimbatore LPA area is 1,287 sq.km. A proposal has been submitted to the government to expand it to 1,903 sq.km by bringing in 49 more villages. Some of the places suggested for inclusion in the LPA area are Annur, Kurichi and Alandurai.

Once the government approves expansion of the LPA area, a new plan will be prepared for these places. Coimbatore Development Control rules will be applicable in these villages then. The villages to be brought under the Coimbatore LPA were identified based on the existing developments and urban scenario.

K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, says that expansion of LPA area creates possibility for infrastructure improvement and planned growth in villages too. The fringe areas get linked to the main city. But, efforts should be taken to ensure that the new development control rules are implemented strictly. Planning, monitoring and enforcement are important for streamlining growth. If the LPA area is expanded, Coimbatore needs a development authority at the earliest.

M. Kandhaswami, President of Coimbatore District Small Industries' Association, says there are restrictions on even micro units to operate within the city. Hence, industries are moving out and developments are rapid in the fringe areas of the city.

Once a factory is developed in an area, it leads to employment and houses mushroom around it. Then, over a period of time the factory is forced to move out as residents start complaining of pollution problems. Hence, the association has appealed to the LPA to earmark area for industrial estates. The LPA should zone the areas for industrial development. “While it is good for the industries to develop in the outskirts of the city, it is also important for the units to develop on industrial zones.”

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