The expansion plan will increase the land area and it will add to the growth of the public and private sectors, which are rallying on the connectivity of the city located in the central part of the state.
After Trichy West MLA K N Nehru took charge as the minister of municipal administration, urban and water supply in the new government, the proposal to expand the corporation’s boundaries was revived. It is learnt that the authorities have identified 23 village panchayats in the northern, western and southwestern parts of the city.
Panchayats such as Somarasampettai, Thayanur, Nachikurichy, Pitchandarkoil and Olaiyur will likely be amalgamated in the proposal. While Thuvakudi and Manachanallur are the nearest municipality and town panchayats, it is not clear whether the two major towns will be added to the corporation.
The 23 village panchayats may add a 131sq.km area to the city. Officials said that not all the 23 panchayats may be included in the city’s jurisdiction. “Panchayats that qualify as per the norms set for the amalgamation will only be considered. The state government will disclose the extent of the area. We are at a preliminary phase,” an official source said. The 23 panchayats have an overall population of 2 lakh. As the development schemes from the Union government are devised based on a city’s population, adding the suburbs will help the local body avail more funds.
From 146 sq.km in 2007, the area of Trichy city was expanded to 167 sq.km in 2011 after the amalgamation of a few panchayats in Thiruverumbur. Even then, the civic body’s land availability was restricted to Panjappur on Madurai NH. Trichy Corporation has an acute shortage of land even in Srirangam to initiate infrastructure projects. Defence and Railways hold significant land parcels in the city and suburbs.
“Expansion plan should be shared with the local people concerned and suggestions should be sought from the public,” H Ghouse Baig, secretary, consumer protection council, Ponmalai branch, said.