December 12, 2015
COIMBATORE: In the midst of wards with their lengthy lists of complaints, we are more than glad to present to you a place that is almost perfect – Ward 11 K.K. Pudur.
The ward, consisting of Kamaraj Street, Palani Konar Street, Krishna Nagar, Kaliammal Street, Maniyamvellappan Street, and Brindavan Street, has a well-educated population. There are about 20,000 happy households in K.K. Pudur, with almost all their needs fulfilled by the Councillor.
Retired headmaster K.M. Chacko says, “For the past 25 years I have been living in Brindavan Street. The present councilor, in the past four years, has done a lot for us. The municipality staff comes daily to clean the garbage. The corporation has also replaced the five electric posts that were in bad condition. Water scarcity has never been an issue in this area. There are borewells and separate taps for each house. Once in a while the ditches clog up. This is because the Corporation Engineer was not present at the time of the construction and and never comes for inspection. The Councillor has petitioned the corporation office to renovate the ditch.”
It is very exciting to see a separate library in Alagannan Street for the residents of Ward 11. Everyday, more than 50 persons visits the library, says, A. Mathina, who works in the library. The old library building was in a very poor condition and people stayed away. The Councillor had arranged for the new building and now it runs well, she adds.
The Corporation has also renovated the Anganwadi in Palani Konar Street. S. Kannamma, an Anganwadi worker says, “The 60 children in this area come daily and happily spends their time here. The Councillor had also arranged a free tuition centre in one part of the Anganwadi building for Class X students of the corporation school. This helps the students score well.”
There is a beautiful park built in Kaliammal Street. Nobody is currently using it because the drainage system is under construction.
The Corporation had constructed a separate Government Hospital in Maniyamvellapan Street for the people of Ward 11. Previously they had to travel around eight kilpmetres to go hospital. Now this hospital is very helpful to pregnant women. “But the hospital has only one doctor and three nurses,” says S. Amutha, a caretaker at the hospital. “We have requested for more doctors and the Councillor has petitioned to the corporation,” she adds.
M. Ravindiraraj, the popular Councillor of Ward 11 K.K.Pudur, is happy with his accomplishments. He says, “It was my ambition to construct a library for the people, a separate hospital, tuition centre for the school students, Anganwadi for the children, and a separate park. I constructed all these in my tenure as a Councillor with Rs.3 Crore. Apart from this, the Government had sanctioned Rs.1 Crore for the construction of roads, and six borewells for Rs.9 Lakhs. Rs.2 crores was spent for the drainage works, which has almost been completed.”
Ward 11 has become a rolemodel of sorts for other wards, with minimal complaints and extremely satisfied people.