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DISPUTED SITE: The building on a trust’s land at Avarampalayam in the city in which the Coimbatore Corporation school had functioned. –
DISPUTED SITE: The building on a trust’s land at Avarampalayam in the city in which the Coimbatore Corporation school had functioned. –

Special Correspondent

The resolution declares as invalid the order issued by the Corporation that the land was not needed anymore

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation Council resolved on Monday to acquire from a private trust 52 cents of land at Avarampalayam so that its school with 400 students can resume functioning on it.

Leader of the Opposition and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) member V.N. Udayakumar said that the land was given free of cost to the trust as it offered to use it for public purposes or activities of charity.

Accordingly, the Corporation’s school functioned for 50 years in the building constructed on it by the trust.

But the trust wanted to demolish the weak building now and use the land for some other purpose.

The school had been shifted to a nearby building of the Corporation. But, there was not enough space for all the students.

Therefore, a shift system was being followed in the school.

The issue was raised in the Council by Communist Party of India (Marxist) councillor C. Padmanabhan.

Other members joined him in demanding an explanation from officials as to how the civic body had given it in writing to the trust that it would not need this land for the school.

Mr. Padmanabhan was not happy with the reply that since the trust was not interested in renting out the land and the building for the Corporation.

The officials also said that the trust even refused to accept rent from the Corporation. After heated arguments over this issue, councillors of the DMK, CPI (M), Communist Party of India and the Congress went to the site to have the demolition of the building stopped.

Demonstration

By then, the students and their parents had gathered for a demonstration there.

The councillors, including South Zone Chairman P. Pynthamil, Mr. Udayakumar, Mr. Padmanabhan and Education Committee Chairman R. Kalyanasundaram, made an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and spoke to the parents of the children.

After returning to the Council, Mr. Pynthamil moved the resolution demanding that the Corporation acquire the land. Mr. Udayakumar, Deputy Mayor N. Karthik and Town Planning Committee Chairman R. Krishnamoorthy seconded it. The resolution also declared as invalid the order issued by the Corporation that the land was not needed anymore.

Mr. Udayakumar said that the land might be worth Rs.10 crore. He said that the Corporation had actually issued a notification through the resolution moved on Monday. This would be followed by efforts to fix a compensation to acquire the land.

He also indicated that the Corporation would be prepared for a legal battle on this.

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