Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has urged the Coimbatore Corporation to not misuse the school ground in the Corporation Middle School at Ramasamy Nagar, Kavundampalayam. The party’s Youth Wing Secretary V. Easwaran said in a release that the 50-plus-year-old school served more than 500 students.
It had buildings in a corner of the campus and the rest was ground. News reports suggested that the Corporation planned to construct a shopping complex in a corner of the ground. If there was any such move, the Corporation should immediately give it up, for the ground was meant for students’ physical development.
At a time when students’ involvement in sports and games was on the decline, the Corporation trying to build the complex would only make things worse. Instead, the Corporation should encourage students to take up sports and games in a big way.
Neither the State Government nor Corporation could afford to buy land to construct grounds in the current circumstances where land availability had come down and the land price had skyrocketed. The Corporation should try to preserve the ground and also encourage students to make the most of it.
The MDMK has also urged the Corporation to put to patients’ use the shopping complex constructed on the premises of the Sitalakshmi Maternity Home on Krishnasamy Road.
In a release, the party said that it was unacceptable that the Corporation was using the premises of its health establishments for commercial use by constructing shopping complex.
If the civic body continued use the space for commercial activity, there would be no space available for expansion of schools and hospitals in the future.