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The gate in the middle of Thyagi Kesava Pillai Street, in Konavattam, Vellore, which blocks movement of traffic on the street —Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
The gate in the middle of Thyagi Kesava Pillai Street, in Konavattam, Vellore, which blocks movement of traffic on the street —Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

The correspondent of a nursery and primary school on Bangalore Road here has been fighting a futile battle for the last two years to remove the iron gates blocking movement of traffic on Thyagi Kesava Pillai, a public street in Konavattam, in ward no.56 of the Vellore Corporation.

A visit by this correspondent to the said street revealed that two gates have been put up in the middle of the street, as a result of which residents residing on the northern side of the gate could not quickly reach the Bangalore Road, the road through which they can go to various places in Vellore.

The gate has been erected in 2010-11 by the then Vellore District Panchayat as part of the Burial Ground Development Work undertaken by the District Panchayat under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGAMT), at the insistence of the then District Panchayat chairperson Sheela Rajan.

The gate also sports the board, Adhi Dravidar Mayanam (cemetery for Adhi Dravidars) and a board which reads: ‘This is not a public thoroughfare’. While there are two cemeteries, one for Hindu Adhi Dravidars and the other for Christian Adhi Dravidars on either side of the street on the northern side of the gate, the street is a public street, as per the Vellore Taluk office records.

In a memorandum submitted to the Collector, R. Joshua, Correspondent of Babi Nursery and Primary School, who owns a land on the northern side of the gates, which is being developed as a playground, has requested the Collector to visit the site and take steps to remove the gates which block vehicular movement through the street and free access to the other side of the street.

As per a reply given by the Tahsildar, Vellore and appellate officer (under the Right to Information Act) to a petition by him, it has been clearly stated that the Thyagi Kesava Pillai Street is a public street and that there is no ban on public movement through the street.

Mr. Joshua has also obtained an ex-parte order from the Court of the Principal District Munsif, Vellore in his favour. Disposing of the suit file by him against the District Collector, Revenue Divisional Officer, Vellore, Tahsildar, Vellore, Block Development Officer, Vellore and the Village Administrative Officer, Konavattam, Vellore, the Principal District Munsif on June 12 passed an ex-parte order directing the defendants (the above authorities) to remove the obstruction of iron gate put across the Thyagi Kesava Pillai Street within two months.

But the gates have not been removed even after a lapse of about four months from the date of passing of the decree by the court.

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