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Rs. 10 lakh already spent; no takers for it

A commercial complex constructed by the government at Sundarampalayam in Ammapet town panchayat remains unused. – PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
A commercial complex constructed by the government at Sundarampalayam in Ammapet town panchayat remains unused. – PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

A commercial complex constructed by spending over Rs. 10 lakh at the Sundarampalayam village in Ammapet town panchayat in the district remains unused for more than two years.

The local administration was not able to find any traders to take the six shops in the complex on rent as most of them are not interested. “The village has less than 100 families. Establishing a shop in the complex will not be profitable for us,” traders point out.

“A majority of people in the village opposed when it was proposed to construct a commercial complex. But the authorities and the elected representatives at the local body did not listen to the public views,” villagers alleged.

The authorities and the representatives convinced the people that the complex would help generate revenue for the town panchayat. They had allotted Rs. 10 lakh from the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam for the construction of the complex with six shops.

Rent

The local body fixed Rs. 10,000 as security deposit and Rs. 1,000 per month as rent for a shop.

“Officials had conducted several meetings with the traders in the last two years asking them to take the shops for rent. No one have come forward till date,” people point out. The local body had even reduced the security deposit for a shop to Rs. 5,000 recently. But still it could not find any traders to establish shops in complex.

“Now the local body is spending tax payers money again for maintaining the complex, which is unutilised,” people lament.

When contacted, officials said that they were taking steps to identify traders to establish shops in the complex.

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