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Will Thanjavur get a new collectorate building?

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Will Thanjavur get a new collectorate building? People of Thanjavur are eagerly awaiting an answer to this question from the new Government.

A proposal for constructing a new collectorate complex was sent to the previous Government and approval was given for the same.

Land was selected opposite to the Rajarajan Mani Mandapam and adjacent to Revenue Divisional Office (RDO). There was also a plan to lay the foundation but could not be done as elections were announced.

With the change of guard now, people are eagerly awaiting construction of a new Collectorate building for Thanjavur district.

However, different views prevail over the location of the collectorate. Many are not happy with the location selected by the previous Government.

They feel that the area was not enough to house the collectorate and moreover it will lead to heavy traffic congestion on Collector Camp Office Road, New Housing Unit Road, Ramanathan Hospital Junction and Temple Tower Road. The place will become too cramped to have a collectorate.

People say that the collectorate building should be located on the outskirts of the town.

This will give a free working atmosphere and prevent congestion in the town. People can depend on town buses to reach the collectorate.

They cite the examples of Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts where the collectorate complex is away from the town.

They feel that it is high time Thanjavur got a new collectorate. At present, the collectorate is functioning from more than 100-year-old building on Court Road.

The building has space problem and different sections are cramped in the building. District Rural Development Agency has a separate building and many panchayat, education and rural development departments are functioning from another building called Panagal building near Sri Besant Lodge.

Public Relations Office is functioning from old nurse quarters on Court Road while central Government offices like National Informatics Centre (NIC) are located in the main building in a small portion.

New collectorate complex can house all the department buildings related to Collector in one place, people say.

Almost all districts have new collectorate buildings including the latest one inaugurated at Tiruchi during previous regime. Thanjavur district is yet to get its new collectorate.

“AIADMK Government during 1991-96 organised the eighth World Tamil Conference in Thanjavur and developed the town at that time. It can now help in constructing the new collectorate building,” people say.

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