2 structures on campus figure in list of heritage buildings

The management of St. George's Anglo Indian School and Orphanage, Poonamallee High Road, has agreed to part with a piece of vacant land measuring 1,902 sq metre for Pachaiyappa's College Metro Rail Station.

Two structures on the school campus figure in the list of heritage buildings, according to the Justice E.Padmanabhan Committee Report.

A committee headed by the Chief Secretary would meet on Friday to discuss the acquisition of land. “Our management has agreed to the acquisition of land for the CMRL station,” said R.Paul Victor Samuel, headmaster of the school. The red brick school buildings are located in an area of 21 acres, with a boarding home, dormitory, kitchen and vast playgrounds.

The school would be commemorating 300 years of existence in 2014.

The decision to acquire land from the school was taken following protest by students of Pachaiyappa's College against the proposed acquisition of four acres on the college campus.

Resistance from students of Pachaiyappa's College also led to a delay in commencement of work of the Metro Rail station. The commencement of work for construction of the station near the college was scheduled in the last quarter of 2011. The structures to be constructed include the exit, entry, ventilation shaft and station.

The negotiations with Pachaiyappa's College by State government authorities are under way and Pachaiyappa's College is likely to lose only 37 cents in the revised plan.

According to the earlier plan, no land was required from the St.George's Anglo Indian School and Orphanage.


Aloysius Xavier LopezJune 28, 2012