Thanjavur erupts in joy on getting corporation status - The Hindu

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Councillors, civic employees burst crackers and take out procession

HISTORIC OCCASION:AIADMK cadre celebrating the announcement of Tamil Nadu government to upgrade Thanjavur municipality into a city corporation in Thanjavur on Wednesday.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ
HISTORIC OCCASION:AIADMK cadre celebrating the announcement of Tamil Nadu government to upgrade Thanjavur municipality into a city corporation in Thanjavur on Wednesday.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

The upgrade of Thanjavur special grade municipality into a city corporation announced by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday was welcomed by people, councillors, and the municipal staff wholeheartedly.

Councillors and staff of the municipality burst crackers at the municipal office. Led by Municipal Chairperson Savithiri Gopal, councillors went in a procession from municipality to railway station and garlanded the MGR statue there.

Ms. Gopal thanked the Chief Minister for upgrading Thanjavur into a corporation. “This will help Thanjavur and surrounding villages which are to be added into corporation area. Tremendous growth will take place,” she said.

N. Ravichandran, Municipal Commissioner, was greeted by staff of the municipality. Sweets were distributed. Thanjavur Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the decision. “It will spur growth,” K. Padmanabhan, president of the chamber, said. There would be added flow of funds into the corporation. At the same time taxes would go up said citizens of Thanjavur.

Thanjavur Municipality came into being on May 9, 1866. It was upgraded into first grade municipality in 1943. It became a selection grade Municipality in 1963. It was again upgraded into a special grade municipality in 1983 and since then it has been functioning as special grade municipality.

Thanjavur Municipality has an area of 36.33 sq. km and population stood at 2,22,619. Income to the municipality at present was Rs. 36.98 crore. Following villages are likely to be added as it becomes corporation. Pudupattinam, Nanjikottai, Neelagiri, Melaveli, Pillaiyarpatti, Ramanathapuram, Pallieri, Vilar and Inathukanpatti.

Thanjavur City Corporation is likely to have an area of 110.27 sq. km of area, with a population of 3,20,828 and an income of Rs. 41.18 crore.

It will become eligible for implementing Basic Service for Urban Poor (BSUP) and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission schemes.


  • Councillors burst crackers at municipal office

  • Municipality has a population of 2,22,619


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