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Stalin launches host of schemes in Vandavasi taluk

Staff Reporter

On last leg of Tiruvannamalai district tour


Samathuvapuram scheme born out of responsibility to abolish casteism

Bus stand, municipal office building, water scheme inaugurated




M.K. Stalin

Tiruvannamalai: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin inaugurated a host of schemes in Vandavasi taluk at a series of programmes held on Sunday on the last leg of his two-day tour of Tiruvannamalai district.

Inaugurating a Samathuvapuram in Meesanallur village limits, he said that the scheme was born out of the responsibility to abolish casteism and launched by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi during his previous term from 1996-2001. It did not get attention from the AIADMK regime.

Samathuvapurams

“They never cared to maintain the already constructed Samathuvapurams, let alone construct new ones. After coming back to power in 2006, our government decided to construct 95 more Samathuvapurams and completed many of them,” Mr. Stalin said.

“As many as 21,951 huts have been identified in this district in a survey conducted under the Kalaignar Veedu Vazhangum Thittam (KVVT). Out of this, 19,832 houses are marked for replacement with a thatched house under the scheme and out of them 18,622 beneficiaries have begun earth work and 16,357 houses reached foundation level,” Mr. Stalin said.

Earlier, he formally opened a house constructed under the KVVT in S.Katteri village near Thellaru.

At another government function in Vandavasi town, Mr. Stalin inaugurated a bus stand constructed at a cost of Rs.4.11 crore, municipal office building at a cost of Rs.75 lakh and the Rs.4.6-crore Keezh Kodungalur Combined Drinking Water Scheme.

In his address, he said that the new bus stand's modern amenities had been awarded ‘B' grade as against the ‘C' grade of old bus stand. It could accommodate 26 buses at any given time.

“While annual revenue from the old bus stand was Rs.15.48 lakh, the new bus stand is estimated to generate Rs.51.45 lakh. The Keezh Kodungalur water scheme would serve 76 habitations with water sourced from the Cheyyar. By completing these projects, we have fulfilled the commitments made at the time of election,” Mr. Stalin said. District Collector M. Rajendran presided over the functions.

Before reaching Vandavasi taluk, Mr. Stalin participated in two DMK functions in Tiruvannamalai.

At the first function, he distributed prizes to the winners of State-level oratory, essay and recitation competitions for students conducted to mark the 102nd birthday of Anna.

The second event was the belated birthday celebrations of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, held at the DMK district office. Mr. Stalin gifted mopeds, bicycles and clothes on behalf of the district unit to dedicated party cadre.

District secretary and Food Minister E.V.Velu and senior functionaries participated.

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