Madurai

Welfare assistance distributed

District Collector Sandeep Nanduri handing over a scooter to a woman during Independence Day celebrations at District Sports Ground in Thoothukudi on Thursday.

District Collector Sandeep Nanduri handing over a scooter to a woman during Independence Day celebrations at District Sports Ground in Thoothukudi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: N_RAJESH

Collector Sandeep Nanduri hoisted the national flag and distributed welfare assistance to the tune of ₹1.99 crore to the beneficiaries during the Independence Day celebrations held at Tharuvai Grounds here on Thursday.

After hoisting the national flag, he honoured 33 freedom fighters and their descendants and took the salute from the police, home guards, NCC cadets and Fire and Rescue Services personnel.

He also honoured meritorious officials and sportsmen.

Welfare assistance including orders for getting old age or widow pension, artificial limbs for the physically challenged, financial assistance to entrepreneurs, two-wheelers for working women under ‘Amma Scooter Scheme,’ revolving fund for self-help groups, free house site pattas, all worth about ₹1.99 crore, were given to the beneficiaries.

He honoured Holy Cross Higher Secondary School, Karpaettai Nadar Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Government Special School for the Physically Challenged, all based in Thoothukudi, Bharathi Centenary Higher Secondary School, Ettaiyapuram, Kanchi Sri Sankara Academy Higher Secondary School, Tiruchendur, and St. Mary’s Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Sawyerpuram for presenting scintillating cultural programmes during the celebrations.

Corporation Commissioner V. P. Jayaseelan, Superintendent of Police Arun Balagopalan, District Revenue Officer M. Veerappan, Sub-Collector Simranjeet Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police Ponram and senior officials participated in the celebrations.

Chairman T. K. Ramachandran hoisted the national flag and took the salute from the Central Industrial Security Force, Fire and Rescue Services personnel and school students during the Independence Day celebrations held at VOC Port Trust.

He said that the VOC Port, which had planned to increase the wharf draft to 16.40 metres and depth of entry point to 16.90 metres for handling larger vessels, had recorded 2% growth in cargo handling (11.71 million tonnes) and 10% growth in handling containers (2.72 lakh) during this fiscal (till July).

The width of the entry point would be widened from 153 metres to 230 metres and the 9th berth would be converted into container terminal, the Chairman said.

The VOC Port Trust, which had planned to install 5 MW solar panels and wind turbine generators with similar capacity, would execute a desalination plant with 5 million litres a day capacity on an outlay of ₹88 crore, he said.

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