Interaction helps a village to get playground facility

Staff Reporter

Residents convinced after Collector’s discussion

Project remained suspended for the past eight months

Work will be completed within two days: Collector

THENI: Confidence building measures and meaningful dialogue with villagers will help district administration shatter all barriers in executing a rural development work that was pending for more than eight months at Kadir Narasingapuram village in Andipatti block.

With the effective cooperation and coordination of Rajadhani village, residents of Kadir Narasingapuram will get a community playground with all facilities within two or three days.

The district administration had sanctioned Rs.1.5 lakh under the All Village Anna Renaissance Scheme eight months ago for setting up a playground. Administrative sanction was also given immediately. With no sufficient land to set up the playground at Kadir Narasingapuram village, revenue officials identified a government land near Jakkammalpatti main road at Rajadhani Panchayat and decided to set up the community playground meant for Kadir Narasingapuram village. But villagers of Rajadhani Panchayat protested and refused to offer land to the neighbouring panchayat. They said that offering the land for a playground would wipe out chances of distributing free land pattas to the poor at Rajdhani.

Officials could not proceed with the project owing to the delay in obtaining consent from the villagers. The work remained suspended for the past eight months.

After verifying all land records, Collector P. Muthuveeran held discussion with villagers, panchayat president and members of Rajdhani panchayat, tahsildars and block development officers and assured to identify suitable sites for future needs of the villagers.

Having obtained the consent from local people and representatives of local bodies, land measurement was done immediately and the work commenced on Monday.

While inspecting the work, the Collector said that this work would be completed within two days and the facility would be useful to school children and youth, who aspire to join military and police services, in both villages, he added.

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