Housing complex opened for Customs employees

CHENNAI SEPT. 21. A new residential complex of the Customs and Excise Ezhilagam at Perungundi, promoted by the Tamil Nadu Central Excise and Customs Employees Cooperative House Building Society, was declared open by B. Subhashan Reddy, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, last week.

The modern residential colony to house 62 families of the Customs and Central Excise has been made earthquake resistant and equipped with rainwater harvesting structures.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Justice Reddy said the colony was an illustration of what could be achieved through collective effort than by individuals.

M.V.S. Prasad, Member, Customs and Central Excise Settlement Commission, Chennai branch, and former Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Chennai zone, said at a time when there was cut-throat competition among bankers and builders, the members of the society were fortunate to have the house at Rs. 725 per sq. feet.

T.R. Rustagi, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai zone, said the housing colony symbolised how the Customs and Central Excise officials were not only good tax collectors but also took utmost care of the welfare of the employees.

Rameshram Mishra, State Registrar of Cooperative Societies, spoke on the strength of cooperatives.

T. Shyam Prasad, managing director, Plaza Properties, gave an account of the facilities in the colony.

K. Sivaprakasam, Special Officer and Central Excise Inspector, and M.M. Parthiban, Additional Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Complex, spoke.

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