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Multi-purpose culture centre to come up in Ooty

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It will be established at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore on 1.65 acres of land

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The Secretary, Planning and Development, Surjit K. Chowdhary (centre), inspecting a HADP project at Achanakkal, near Udhagamandalam, on Thursday. The Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, and the Project Director, HADP, Deepak Srivatsava, are in the picture. —

Udhagamandalam: A multi-purpose ‘Culture Centre' will come up in this hill station soon.

The Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, Surjit K. Chowdhary, told presspersons here on Thursday, that it would be established under the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore on 1.65 acres of land.

Rules

Pointing out that a plan submitted earlier had not adhered to the Hill Area Building Rules, he said that a revised plan was now under consideration.

The proposed centre would come up on the Government Botanical Garden Road.

The possibility of supporting efforts to preserve heritage architecture and promoting heritage tourism in the hill station would be explored and the sector's potential would be tapped.

To a question, he said that the funds of the Centrally-sponsored HADP could be used only for creating infrastructure or making infrastructural changes.

They could not be given for maintaining projects.

Prior to clearing proposals, their compatibility to environmental norms should be verified.

However, some other agency should ensure that they were implemented as per norms, he said.

He added that the contribution of HADP to the overall development of the district was significant.

The amount sanctioned under the HADP by the Planning Commission for 2010-11 was Rs. 42.93 crore. For 2011-12, the proposal was yet to be submitted, he added.

The programme should be used to raise the health, education, and economic standards in tribal areas, he said.

Performance

Mr. Chowdhary said that the government had put in place a system of grading the performance of Collectors and other officials.

Earlier, he presided over a meeting of government officials to review the performance of various departments which benefited from HADP funds.

Among those present were the Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, and the Project Director, HADP, Deepak Srivatsava.

Mr. Chowdhary also inspected some of the HADP-sponsored schemes in Coonoor, Achanakkal, and Ooty.

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