Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today asked Pondicherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation officials to launch steps in association with Forests and Electricity Departments to clear the sprawling site of the PIPDIC industrial estate near here of bushes and snakes. During her visit to the estate, entrepreneurs attached to Association of Industrialists complained that bushes remaining uncleared in the open plots in the vicinity of industries had become habitats for snakes. Office bearers of the Association also informed her of the lack of street lights in the estate. After listening to them,the Lt Governor asked PIPDIC officials to launch joint steps with Forests and Electricity departments to remove the bushes and clear the area of snakes within a fortnight. A release from the office of the Lt Governor said she asked the PIPDIC management to requisition the services of the Forests Department to catch the snakes and to plant saplings to give a facelift to the estate.
She also directed officials of the Electricity Department, who accompanied her, to ensure that street lights were provided. On the Association's plea for security of women workers, the Lt Governor said a woman police officer should be included in the police beat officers team to go round the estate. She also said women workers in the industrial units should also be trained by the police department so that trained workers would constitute a 'women civil security force' to ensure safety of women employees. PIPDIC Managing Director T. Karikalan and officials of Industries and Science and Technology departments also accompanied her.
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