[From Hindu] 

A self-made town rises to become Corporation

M. Gunasekaran

TIRUPUR: The mood is upbeat here as the State budget gave everyone in this knitwear town something to cheer about. The self-made town, struggled for water till recently, will be the seventh Municipal Corporation, after Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Salem and Tirunelveli in the State.

And Coimbatore district will enjoy the unique distinction of having two Municipal Corporations.

In the wake of knitwear industry growing by leaps and bounds and everyone here accusing the Government of not providing adequate infrastructure, the Finance Minister, K. Anbazhagan’s announcement came as a solace, indeed a pleasant surprise.

According to official sources, the proposed Corporation will comprise along with Tirupur Municipality, two recently-upgraded municipalities – Nallur and Velampalayam and eight village panchayats, namely Andipalayam, Muthanampalayam, Murugampalayam, Thottipalayam, Chettypalayam, Mannarai, Nerupperichal and Veerapandy, all considered as an extension of Tirupur. The new Corporation will be spread across 119.06 sq km with a population of over 5.5 lakhs.

Tirupur’s success story began on a modest note. It was a part of Palladam taluk till 1989 and a part of Pollachi revenue division until 1986. Though a traditional textile town and a producer of innerwear for a long while, the export trade, accelerated the growth. Exports touched Rs. 8,000 crore last year and it was just Rs. 15 crore in 1985. These figures explain everything about the exponential growth.

The Rs.1,023-crore water supply and sewage scheme has solved the problem of water scarcity in the town. But the peripheries are still struggling for water besides good roads, drainage, waste disposal and streetlights.

According to the Coimbatore MP, K. Subbarayan, the announcement was a long due and is expected to put a full stop to all its infrastructure miseries. The budget has allotted Rs.70 crore to upgrade ring road and approach roads here.

As Corporation, according to sources, it will get more funds and senior bureaucrats will be stationed to administer. Adjacent villages to Tirupur, which are now in a neglected state will become part of the Corporation.

The announcement will give fillip to overall development. The town in all probability will soon get a Police Commissionerate.

More than anything else, the status as city matters when the exporters showcase their products before the international forum.