PUDUCHERRY: The office of the Village Administrative Officer (VAO) situated on the Vazhudavoor Road at Kaundanpalayam, catering to 1.75 lakh people of three villages, is in a state of neglect.
The shed-like structure with low roof was flooded in the recent rains and now it pose a danger to the officials engaged in the distribution of various certificates to the residents of Thattanchavady, Reddiarpalayam and Oulgaret areas.
The office rooms were filled with mud that entered in during the rains, making it impossible to work, one of the officials told Express.
The muddy remains have left the premises slippery and the people entering the premises have to tread carefully, said the official on condition of anonymity.
The office has been functioning from the building for over 20 years and the safety of the employees as well as the public remains a matter of concern.
The accumulation of mud has jammed some of the doors, the official added.
He said the records cannot be maintained due to lack of proper infrastructure.
The officials fear for their lives as a tree is posing danger to the building.
The condition of the toilet is pathetic and the office does not have any proper facility to ensure safe drinking water to the public as well as to those working there.
The official informed that there were efforts to construct new building in place of this dilapidated one, but the project was yet to take off for unknown reasons.
Interestingly, the office, which is greatly in need of a new premises and basic amenities, is situated close to the residence of Chief Minster N Rangasamy.