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Anthiyur becomes separate taluk in Erode district

Staff Reporter
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The new taluk is created by restructuring Bhavani and Gobichettipalayam taluks

New beginning:Collector V.K. Shanmugam (left), elected representatives and senior officials at the Anthiyur taluk office, which begun functioning on Thursday. —PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
New beginning:Collector V.K. Shanmugam (left), elected representatives and senior officials at the Anthiyur taluk office, which begun functioning on Thursday. —PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Anthiyur has become a separate taluk in the district with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurating the taluk administration through videoconference from Chennai on Thursday.

The new taluk was created by restructuring Bhavani and Gobichettipalayam taluks in the district. It comprises four blocks – Anthiyur, Athani, Burgur and Ammapet. The taluk, which spreads little over 400 sq. km., has a population of more than 2.25 lakh.

The new taluk will benefit particularly those living in the remote villages in Burgur hills Earlier, tribal people from the remote villages had to travel more than 60 km. to Bhavani to get certificates like community and income, land records, and welfare assistance under various programmes.

“Now people can get these certificates and welfare assistance at Anthiyur town itself. The distance between Anthiyur and Burgur is 25 km.,” a senior official said.

The government established the taluk office at a private building near the Ideal School and T.K. Rajeshwari assumed office as the first Tahsildar of the taluk in the presence of Collector V.K. Shanmugam, Anthiyur MLA S.S. Ramanidharan, Bhavani MLA P.G. Narayanan and senior officials.

Officials said the taluk office would function at the private place till a new government building was constructed.

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