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Rs.3.05 crore for improving facilities in Vellore refugees’ colonies

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Pongal fete: C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore (second from right), distributing a Pongal gift pack to a resident of the Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Camp in Melmonavoor in Vellore on Wednesday. P. Karthikeyan, Mayor (right), is in the picture.
Pongal fete: C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore (second from right), distributing a Pongal gift pack to a resident of the Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Camp in Melmonavoor in Vellore on Wednesday. P. Karthikeyan, Mayor (right), is in the picture.

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Rs.92.92 lakh for the Melmonavoor colony

VELLORE: The State government has sanctioned Rs.3.05 crore for repairs to the houses and improvement of the amenities in the six Sri Lankan tamil refugees’ residential colonies in Vellore district, according to C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore.

He was distributing Pongal gift packs comprising a stainless steel pot, ladle and lid, one kg each of rice and jaggery, green gram, spices, ghee, sugarcane and turmeric at the Pongal celebrations organised by the Bharat Teachers Training Institute and College of Education, Vellore to the nearly 300 families of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the residential colony at Melmonavoor here on Wednesday.

Mr. Rajendran said that the amount sanctioned by the government would benefit the 1077 families staying in the six refugees’ colonies. Out of the Rs.3.05 crore, Rs.92.92 lakhs has been sanctioned for the Melmonavoor refugees’ colony. The amount would be used for repair of the hand-pump, construction of overhead tank, repairs to drinking water pipelines, construction of toilets, repairs to toilets, replacement of electrical wiring and other renovation works in the refugees’ colony. The Public Works Department would undertake the repair and renovation works. The Collector said that while the Bharat Teachers’ Training Institute and College of Education, Vellore has sponsored the gifts to the refugees in the Melmonavoor refugees’ colony, the K.M.G. College of Arts and Science, Gudiyatham has sponsored the gifts to the refugees in the Gudiyatham colony, the Match Manufacturers’ Association to the refugees in the colonies in Minnur and Chinnapallikuppam and Krishna Engineering College to the refugees in the colony in Arakkonam and Sidheswarar Polytechnic to the refugees in the colony in Palar Anaicut.

C. Indernath, founder-president, Bharat Group of Educational Institutions, Vellore spoke. R. Chandrasekaran, president, Udhavum Ullangal, Vellore requested the Collector to arrange a town bus service from Melmonavoor to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital in Adukkamparai to enable the refugees in the Melmonavoor colony to visit the hospital. Saroja Thiruvengadam, District Social Welfare Officer, P. Karthikeyan, Mayor of Vellore, and other officials spoke.

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