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Irular Colony residents still in dark

Demand for basic need: Irular community people and students at the Collectorate in Krishnagiri on Monday to submit a memorandum to the Collector demanding power supply. —

Demand for basic need: Irular community people and students at the Collectorate in Krishnagiri on Monday to submit a memorandum to the Collector demanding power supply. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: N. Bashkaran

R. Arivanantham

The colony do not have power supply for the past two years

KRISHNAGIRI: Residents of Irular Colony in Kothappalli, near Krishnagiri, has no power supply for the past two years. Their plea to the authorities concerned has not yielded any result.

The colony is situated near the KRP dam under the Pachinaganapalli panchayat. Twenty houses were built under the Indira Awaz Yojana during 2008-09 and the same was handed over to the beneficiaries by the then Collector, Santhosh Babu. Since then the people were living without power supply, protected water supply and other basic infrastructures such as street light, road and community hall.

Six months ago another 11 families were given free house site patta by Collector V.K. Shanmugam, but they were not provided loan for construction of RCC building under the IAY scheme.

The only street light fitted with solar power do not function, C. Kutty, a daily wage earner, told The Hindu on Monday. About 30 students studying in Pazhaya Paiyanapalli Panchayat Union Primary school could not pursue their studies as there is no power connection. An overhead tank that was built two months ago is still waiting for power connection to supply drinking water supply through street taps. V. Amaravel, Block Development Officer (Schemes), District Rural Development Agency, told The Hindu that an estimate to provide ten street lights was received from EB office on September 8, 2009 at Aalapatti. As the EB authorities were maintaining seniority list for free power connection across the district, to avoid delay, the DRDA has included the proposal under the Pooled Assigned Revenue and sent to the Commissioner, Rural Development for his approval on September 17, 2009.

Mr. Amaravel, said the colony would be provided street lights first and then automatically all the houses would be given free power supply before the end of March this year.

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