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TNEB bill collection centre at Mudichur yet to start functioning

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LYING UNUTILISED: The building where a bill collection centre of TNEB is to be set up. —
LYING UNUTILISED: The building where a bill collection centre of TNEB is to be set up. —

K. Manikandan

Premises handed over to the Board over six months ago

Over 5,000 subscribers of Mudichur, Varadarajapuram and Perungalathur have to go to Peerkankaranai

TAMBARAM: More than six months after the Mudichur Mudichur village panchayat handed over a 500 square feet premises to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for setting up a computerised bill collection centre, the facility is yet to start functioning. The building continues to remain locked.

Panchayat authorities said that the building once functioned as a booth of Peerkankaranai police station, which was shifted to Mudichur Main Road. As the building remained unoccupied, the panchayat decided to hand it over to the TNEB.

Officials of the government agency were glad to accept the offer.

The building was spruced up by the board, raising hopes among residents that they would soon have a facility close to their homes.

Adirshtarani, a resident of Gandhi Road in Mudichur, said that for years, she has been paying electricity bill at a collection centre at Peerkankaranai, nearly eight km away.

It would be of great benefit to people like her if a bill collection centre came up in the neighbourhood.

Panchayat authorities said that over 5,000 subscribers of Mudichur, Varadarajapuram and Perungalathur areas had to go all the way to Peerkankaranai, changing at least two buses, to reach the collection centre there. It was for this reason that the panchayat decided to hand over the building to the TNEB.

Communication tower

When contacted, engineers of the Board said that all arrangements were in place.

However, an important communication tower to establish online computer connectivity had to be installed. They were hopeful of finishing the work in about a month.

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