Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has filed a public interest litigation petition seeking bifurcation of the Melvisharam town panchayat in Vellore district and creation of Keelvisharam alias Rasathpuram as a separate village panchayat. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru, before which the matter came up for admission on Wednesday, directed Government Pleader Raja Kalifulla to get instructions and more details from the Government. It adjourned the proceedings to December 20.

Dr. Swamy contended that about 11,000 people living in the Keelvisharam region of the town panchayat suffered religious discrimination and were being denied basic amenities. Residents of the Keelvisharam region, which had only four wards as against 17 in the revenue village of Melvisharam, were unable to become civic body chiefs.

"Though the people have complained about the non-availability of facilities in Keelvisharam for so many years, authorities have not taken any action till date."

Dr. Swamy prayed for a direction to the Rural Development Department and the Vellore District Collector to immediately provide drinking water facilities, road and other basic amenities to the Keelvisharam village.