Currently functions from a building at base of an overhead tank

After a prolonged delay, construction of the new administrative office building of Thuvakudi Municipality along Tiruchi-Thanjavur Highway has resumed.

Municipality Chairman E. Kayambu hopes the building would be ready for occupation by this year-end.

It was with much struggle that the local body got the land owned by Small Industries Development Corporation, for housing the administrative office.

Though work order for construction of the building was issued during October 2009, construction could commence only during 2010 after eviction of encroachments.

Funding

Out of the estimate of Rs.65 lakh, the government sanctioned Rs.15 lakh and the rest was mobilised from the general fund.

Construction activities, however, came to a stand still after the contractor expressed inability to proceed with the works citing escalating cost of raw materials. The local body had to go for a re-tender to complete the unfinished works.

Though a second-grade municipality, the local body with 21 wards has been functioning without a proper administrative building. At present, the office functions from an octagonal shaped building at the base of an overhead tank.

The new building measuring 535 square metres will have the offices of the Chairman, Executive Officer, Municipal Engineer, and Town Planning, Revenue, Sanitary, Administrative, and Computer sections in the ground floor.

Meeting hall

On the first floor, a meeting hall is being constructed. At a recent meeting, the municipality adopted a resolution for making the building full-fledged with all modern amenities.