No action taken on petitions, say local people
ERODE: Five huts have come up on land belonging to a panchayat union elementary school at Indranagar, Keezvani village in Bhavani taluk, inconveniencing students and teachers, besides causing concern to parents of children studying in the institution.
The Anthiyur Panchayat Union Elementary School is functioning at Indranagar, Keezvani village and more than 300 students are studying in it.
On behalf of the villagers, K.C. Devaraj told The Hindu recently, “Our children are studying in the school. We are basically labourers, earning meagre amounts of money, so most of our children are taking noon meal in the school.
“Some persons have encroached upon the school land, erected thatched huts and are living there. So the students, teachers and also the parents cannot reach the school easily.
"Only three feet of pathway is available to the school. Despite repeated petitions to the district administration and Sub Collector, Gobichettipalayam, no eviction has been carried out and we are the ones who are suffering, ultimately.”
The villagers complained that when they asked the encroachers to leave the premises, they were threatened by those in the huts, who used the surroundings as a toilet.
The teachers said that sometimes the people living in the huts came to the school and took rest in the shade during daytime.
Panchayat officials said that they had already informed the matter to the district administration.
The villagers also accused the educational authorities of failure to make a complaint in this regard to the District Collector and Chief Education Officer.