A special postal cover on Ripon Building, which is nearing its centenary, was released at a function organised here on Wednesday in view of the Local Administration Day.

The commemorative cover has the picture of the heritage building, which since 1913 remains the Chennai Corporation headquarters, on one side and on the other a brief history of the structure. The structure is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and was built in four years at a cost of Rs.7.50 lakh, according to the details on the cover.

Releasing the special cover, Post Master General, Chennai City Region, M.S. Ramanujam said Ripon Building stands apart as a heritage building in the city. The contribution of the elected representatives and the Corporation officials had also added glory to the structure.

Addressing the function, Mayor M. Subramanian highlighted the achievements of the Corporation in the past four years, including the six awards that it had received. He also commended the contribution of the outgoing commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni. The Corporation has taken up work to conserve Ripon Building, at a cost of Rs. 7.7 crore, with funding from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). At the function, the Mayor also presented prizes to winners of the All India Municipal Corporation sports meet held a few days ago. While Hyderabad Corporation won the overall championship, Chennai and Tirupur Corporations won second and third places respectively.

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