R. Vimal Kumar

At Muppilivetti under Ottapidaram block

The facility will be set up on an outlay of Rs.2.58 crore

A total of 100 houses will be established

Tuticorin: The district is all set to have a new ‘samathuvapuram’, seventh of its kind, during the current financial year.

The facility will be established by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department at Muppilivetti village under Ottapidaram block on an outlay of Rs.2.58 crore.

The new one is coming up after a gap of eight years since the establishment of the sixth Samathuvapuram. The other six Samathuvapurams are situated at Peroorani (Tuticorin block), Anavarathanallur (Karungulam block), Pidaneri (Sattankulam), Seerudaiyarpuram (Udangudi block), Lingampatti (Kovilpatti) and Nagalapuram (Pudur block).

Speaking to The Hindu, R. Sankar, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, said that a 7.39-hectare site had been identified for the new ‘Samathuvapuram’, which was aimed at promoting social justice and spread Thanthai Periyar’s message of social equality.

He said that the proposed construction site was selected after it was ensured that the area was not prone to flooding.

A total of 100 houses, street lights, an over head tank to store drinking water, black top or concrete roads, a public distribution shop and a library, would be established in the Samathuvapuram.

Selection of beneficiaries

To ensure communal harmony, 40 of the total houses would be allotted to Scheduled Caste members, 25 each to Backward Classes and Most Backward Classes, and the remaining to other community members.

Mr. Sankar said that as far as possible, the beneficiaries would be selected from Muppilivetti village itself. “Otherwise, people from adjoining villages will be chosen,” he added.

A selection committee headed by Project Officer of DRDA as its chairman and Block Development Officer, Tahsildar of the taluk, President of Muppilivetti village, Village Administrative Officer and a panchayat level federation member from the village as its members, would shortlist the beneficiaries as per the guidelines set by the Government.

Patta would be issued jointly in the name of the husband and wife of a family, except in the case when one of them was not alive.