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No more ‘ghost house’

The community centre will have uninterrupted power supply, parking facilities and security men. Photo: M. Vedhan   | Photo Credit: M_VEDHAN

Not too long ago, this dilapidated building on Third Main Road in Mogappair was referred to as ‘the ghost house’. Not because it was haunted by spirits but because it harboured anti-social elements who were creating trouble in the neighbourhood every day.

Women avoided the stretch, especially after sunset. Children too chose to stay away. Things are all set to change.

A community centre is replacing the ghost house. The new facility, being constructed on this Corporation-owned land, is in final stages. “We welcome this initiative taken by the Ambattur zone of the civic body to utilise the public space for the benefit of the community ,” said V. Ramani, a social activist and a long-time resident of Mogappair.

Built on 9,600 sq. ft. of land, the single-storey centre, constructed by the buildings section of the civic body, receives funding from the general funds of the Corporation.

As per the plan, the centre would have two floors, where each floor could accommodate at least one thousand people at a time.

The centre has tiled flooring, water taps, toilets, uninterrupted power supply, parking facilities and security men.

“This is the first community centre in the 91 division of Ambattur zone.

Resolutions were passed at the council meeting of the Corporation to get necessary sanction for the project,” said a Corporation official.

Civic-body-run community centres are used to organise marriage functions, public meetings, anniversary celebrations and meetings by residents’ welfare associations. It also plays host to awareness programmes on welfare schemes, polio immunisation programmes, health camps, exhibitions and education fairs. A nominal fee is charged for it. Applicants can register themselves online or in person.

“A community centre in Mogappair would be a boon for residents as they can worry less about organising family functions, considering how expensive private halls are,” said K. Shanthi, a resident of Mogappair.


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