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Race course may be brightened

For a healthy walk without fear and pollusion Race course is the best place in Cbe. The famous only walkers path in Cbe may be brightened in future with good lighting and reducing the bus traffic and so on. Coimbatore mayor  said “This is the most popular place where people come for a walk or other fitness drills every day. But, a number of people have complaints such as poor lighting and pollution,”

Mayor Mr.Venkatachalam personlly visited this place suddenly one morning and investigated “When asked whether things were fine, the early morning walkers pointed out that the purpose of exercise at such a time was getting defeated because of pollution,” he said. “Besides, poor lighting also makes walking difficult in some areas on the path.”The 2.5-km path with cement concrete tiles had been renovated more than a year ago with many private sponsors providing the tiles, improving the gardens, putting up children’s play area and also models of monuments such as Eiffel Tower, the Hawa Mahal and the Bahai Faith Temple.

Quoting people who complained to him, the Mayor said that though sodium vapour lamps were provided along the entire pathway, trees blocked the light from them at many places. “We are now exploring whether 15-ft-high lamp posts can be installed so that light falls directly on the path,” the Mayor said, admitting that the inadequately lit areas were unsafe.”If found fit we will install 100 such lamps. Powerful lamps will be installed to improve lighting on the main road too as the existing lights blocked by trees is proving to be a risk motorists,” he said.The Mayor, Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner P. Muthuveeran and officials were present when the new lamps were tested.

The other major complaint was against long distance buses taking Race Course Road to reach the terminus at Gandhipuram.The buses from Tiruchi and some southern districts reach the city early in the morning – between 4 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. “I am told that these buses speed on the road and emit substantial smoke. With the path becoming congested by the day, some early morning walkers go on to the road. They face risk from the speeding buses,” he said.

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