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And the wait continues

Behind closed gates: Procedural delay is holding up the inauguration of the multi-purpose facility. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Nine months ago when A. Soundararajan, MLA representing Perambur constituency, inspected the newly-built common multi-purpose building on 8 Main Road at Bhaktavatsalam Colony in Perambur, residents thought the ordeal of walking around two kilometres to get to a PDS outlet would come to an end. They were mistaken. The ordeal continues.

The outlet, located on Palla Street in Perambur, is the nearest ration shop for residents.

Procedural delays, including getting the nod from the Civil Supplies Department to start a PDS outlet by zonal officials is said to be the reason.

“We chipped in to raise the total cost for the new building along with the local MLA but we are yet to get the facility,” said K.Vijayalakshmi, a resident of Perambur.

Located Built on a 1,000 sq.ft. plot that belongs to the Corporation, the multi-purpose building was constructed at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh with an array of facilities including rooms to stock foodgrains, office room, rest room for the staff and a visitors hall. Unlike other independent government buildings that house only one facility, the building in Perambur can accommodate quite a number of public facilities including a ration shop, a public health care centre and an Integrated Child Development Scheme centre.

“First, we only want the ration shop to be accommodated as it was a long-standing demand by residents. However, with the space that is available at the complex, one a few more utilities can be accommodated,” said Soundararajan, a senior CPI(M) leader. The outlet at Palla Street has more than 1,400 consumers, 900 of them belong to Ponnappan Street and the adjoining areas.

Residents say that once bifurcation is effected, residents said that consumers from areas such as Ponnappan Street can buy their essentials at the new PDS outlet. With no proper bus connectivity, residents find it difficult to walk on the potholed stretches to reach the existing ration shop on Palla Street. “We have written to the Civil Supplies Department about the PDS outlet at the new building. to the Civil Supplies Department. The facility will be opened soon,” said a Corporation official.


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