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Coimbatore Corporation keen to develop parks
COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation is keen on developing parks across the city in order to provide enough green spaces amid a growing number of concrete structures.

With this as the objective, the Corporation is developing 42 parks at a cost of Rs.4.76 crore.

One of the parks was opened on Balasubramaniam Road at Saibaba Colony on Tuesday by Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy and the Nilgiris MP R. Prabhu, Mayor R. Venkatachalam, Corporation Commissioner V.K. Shanmugham, Deputy Mayor N. Karthik, officials and councillors of the Corporation were present.

The Corporation said the cost of developing the 17,423 sq.ft. park was Rs.15 lakh.

It had a nearly half-a-km walkers’ track, a 6,205 sq.ft. children’s play area, a 5,522 sq.ft. lawn, a library and toilets.

Mr. Prabhu contributed Rs.10,000 for establishing the library.

Move to stop vaccine production illogical

D. Radhakrishnan

Upgrading facilities will be cheaper than creating new ones

Institute that is steeped in history should not be closed, says Nilgiris MP R. Prabhu

He says he has already taken up the matter with Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss

Photo: D. Radhakrishnan
Radha Krishnan
Extending support: The Nilgiris MP
R.Prabhu exchanging greetings with
employees of the Pasteur Institute
of India at Coonoor on Saturday. —
Udhagamandalam: The move to shift the vaccine-producing facility from the 100-year-old Pasteur Institute of India (PII) at Coonoor to Chengelpet defies logic, said the Nilgiris MP R.Prabhu at Coonoor on Saturday.

Speaking to The Hindu, he said that closure of the PII would not be allowed.

Expressing the view that the upgradation of the facilities at the PII would work out cheaper than creating infrastructural facilities at Chengelpet, he said that the requirement for making the PII match global standards was only Rs.10 crore.

Questioning the wisdom of reducing the stature of such a unit, Mr.Prabhu opined that it cannot be justified.

Earlier, addressing the employees of the PII, he said that the institute which was steeped in history should not be closed.

Stating that he had already taken up the matter with the Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, he said that a group of parliamentarians would also espouse the cause of PII with Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ms.Gandhi has a soft spot for the Nilgiris. Pointing out that the closure of the Pasteur Institute would be a “major blow to the Nilgiris”, Mr.Prabhu said that the designs of “vested interests” should be thwarted.

He lamented that while on the one hand job generation schemes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme were being implemented with enthusiasm and vigour on the other long standing institutions like the PII were being threatened with closure.

“I will stand by the PII,” he averred. In a memorandum submitted to Mr.Prabhu the Save Pasteur Institute of India Association pointed out that the move to convert the vaccine producing institute into a hospital or a testing facility should be dropped.

Pointing out that a final decision on altering the status of the PII was yet to be taken, it urged Mr.Prabhu to intervene forthwith in the matter.

The Former President, Nilgiris District Congress Committee, J.B.Subramaniam and the The Assistant Director, PII, K.N.Venkataramana also spoke.

Meanwhile the President, INTUC, the Nilgiris, Manjai V.Mohan, said in a statement issued at Coonoor that if the proposal to convert the PII was not given up a series of demonstrations would be organised in order to press the demand.

“We will not hesitate to even prevent the conduct of the summer festival this year,” he cautioned.

Tamil Nadu - Coimbatore

MP recommends Mayor’s plea to shift FCI godown

Coimbatore: The Congress MP representing the Nilgiris Lok Sabha Constituency, R. Prabhu, has written to the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Sharad Pawar, to get the Food Corporation of India godown on a 48-acre land near North Coimbatore shifted to the outskirts of the City.

Causing problems

The MP recommending the plea of Coimbatore Mayor R. Venkatachalam and Corporation Councillor V.K.S.K. Senthilkumar pointed out that the godown located adjacent to the Coimbatore North Railway Station was causing problems.

Mr. Prabhu said the godown was constructed four decades ago. It was causing traffic congestion.

In addition, the food grains have been attracting Tribolium tiny insects.

Insect menace

These insects breed in lakhs causing problems for the people in the nearby areas.

The insects those fly in large numbers affect the visibility for the motorist thus causing frequent accidents.

The land could be used for the expansion of railway infrastructure.

For want of space development of railway infrastructure was not taking place in proportion to the growth potential, Mr. Prabhu said.

Development

Development of North Coimbatore Junction would ease congestion at the Coimbatore Junction.

MP also pointed out that he had sent memoranda to the predecessors of Mr. Pawar on a number of occasions on the same issue.

He sought the Union Minister to bestow his personal attention for the speedy shifting of the godown.

Mayor Mr. Venkatachalam would extend all co-operation and assistance in locating a suitable places well connected to the road and rail network and also in getting the godown shifted, he added.

Adulteration of tea will be dealt with severely

Special Correspondent
Sathya Moorthy
R. Prabhu, MP, addressing a gathering
at R.K. Puram in Udhagamandalamon
Monday. –
Udhagamandalam: Adulteration of tea will be dealt with an iron hand, said R. Prabhu, MP, here on Monday.

Addressing a press conference, he said that efforts to improve the image of the Nilgiris tea should not go in vain on account of adulteration.

Pointing out that things are looking up on the tea front and over the last few months tea growers have been getting good prices, he warned that attempts to make a fast buck by using adulterants would
be viewed very seriously.

The Tea Board was cracking down on such unscrupulous manufacturers, he said adding that their licences would be permanently cancelled.

Solution

Mr. Prabhu expressed the confidence that a lasting solution would soon be found to the jenmam land problem at Gudalur.

Pointing out that the Tribal Rights Bill had come in for appreciation even by the United Nations, he said that a suggestion has been made to relax some of the conditions relating to grant of pattas.

The matters pertaining to the revival of the ailing Hindustan Photo Films were now being dealt with by the Public Sector Rehabilitation Board, he said.

Averring that the Pasteur Institute of India at Coonoor will not be shifted, he said that it will continue to function as a vaccine producing unit.

When asked about the delay in introducing helicopter services to the Nilgiris, he said that only the private sector can make it feasible.

On the offer made by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi regarding sharing of power in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Prabhu said that it was only right for such matters to be discussed at the highest level.

Striking a personal note Mr. Prabhu said that though he can no longer contest from the Nilgiris on account of the constituency being included in the reserved category, he will always stand by the people of the district.

Community halls

Later, he declared open community halls constructed under the MP’s Local Area Development Scheme at R.K.Puram and Mulligorai.

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