It is constructed at a cost of Rs.2.50 crore at Michael Palayam

Periyar memorial ‘samathuvapuram,' eighth in the district, constructed at a cost of Rs.2.50 crore at Michael Palayam at Kottur panchayat in Nilakottai block is almost ready for inauguration. The Deputy Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin, is expected to inaugurate it on October 30.

The ‘samathuvapuram' has 100 houses with all facilities and basic amenities including public drinking water taps, drainage water channels and individual toilets, a spacious playground, children's park, street lights with CFL bulbs, and well-laid roads to all houses.

Children's park

The star attraction at the ‘samathuvapuram' was the children's park near the entrance of the ‘samathuvapuram.' A high-ridge rocky area filled with big boulders was transformed into a beautiful garden without removing the rocks. Soil surface around each rock was covered with grass and the rocks were left as they were to enable the visitors to sit and relax on them.

A deep gorge along the rocky area was simply converted into a water pool and a small bridge was constructed across two big boulders to add to the aesthetic look to the park. Statues of animals and birds too added beauty to the park. Periyar statue would be installed inside this park only. Flowering plants and shade-providing trees were also planted to make the ‘samathuvapuram' clean and green. Each house was constructed on five cents of land.

Inspecting the arrangements made at the ‘samathuvapuram' near here on Saturday evening, Minister for Revenue I. Periasamy said that the Deputy Chief Minister would also disburse welfare aid to beneficiaries and revolving fund to Self-Help Groups.

Collector M. Vallalar said that district administration had geared its activities.

Finishing touches were being given to the houses. Asphalt road laying work was under progress. All work would be over by Tuesday or Wednesday. District Rural Development Agency Project Officer K. Arunmani said that allotment of houses to the beneficiaries would be as follows: Scheduled Castes 40, Backward Classes 25, Most Backward Classes 25 and others 10. A selection committee had been formed to select beneficiaries. Gram Sabha would approve the list, he added. District Revenue Officer K. Pechiammal and other officials accompanied him.

The new Samathuvapuram was six-km away from Sempatti and five-km away from Nilakottai town.

Other samapthuvapurams were at Nadupatti near Oddukkam in Dindigul union, Seevaisaragu in Athoor union, Bankarupuram in Reddiyarchatram union. Kunnuvarayankottai in Batlagundu union, Pethanaickenpatti in Palani, Oddanchatram and Vedasandur in the district.