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Free grinders, mixies and table lamps are being stored in it

Under lock and key:A community hall that is being used as a godown for storing cost-free assistance under government schemes. –Photo: N.Bashkaran
Under lock and key:A community hall that is being used as a godown for storing cost-free assistance under government schemes. –Photo: N.Bashkaran

A community hall built at Rs. 20 lakh under the Anaithu Peruratchi Anna Marumalarchi Thittam 2008-09 scheme by the erstwhile Mathigiri Town Panchayat (now merged with Hosur Special Grade Municipality) by the then DMK government is being used as a store room for keeping cost-free assistance by the then DMK government and also the present AIADMK government, according to local people.

The hall was inaugurated by the then Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on December 6, 2009 at the inaugural function of the Sakkilnatham Samathuvapuram in Sigarapalli panchayat near Krishnagiri.

Even after three years of opening, the community hall was not used by the local people. Initially people refused to use the hall citing that there was no provision for dining hall and kitchen.

Due to this, the erstwhile Town Panchayat officials constructed a dining hall and also a kitchen at a cost of Rs. 8.75 lakh. Immediately after the kitchen shed and dining hall were constructed, revenue officials occupied the community hall for the purpose of storing free colour television sets distributed by the DMK government.

After the elections, the community hall is being used as a godown for keeping cost-free assistance such as grinders, mixies and table lamps.

An official from Hosur Municipality told The Hindu on Thursday that the community hall, dining hall and kitchen shed were built around 3,000 square feet in a 0.75 acre plot near the Town Panchayat office in Mathirigir, now under the Hosur Municipality Ward No. 42.

Hiring a marriage hall is a costly affair for poor people with rural background, so the facility created for them should be used for the purpose for which it was established, a social worker from Mathigiri said.

When contacted, J. Dhanasekar, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), told The Hindu that 78 such community halls had been built under various government schemes as well as Self Sufficiency Schemes (SSS) with peoples’ participation.

He said he was yet to assess how many of them were being used by the people.

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