Cyclone impact: Women and Child Department to own building
The Department of Women and Child functioning at a rented building at Sitankudi is to get a new building. Welfare Minister P Rajavelu along with Minister for Local administration N G Paneerselvam inspected two sites for the purpose.
The temporary building is in a bad state after Cyclone Thane hit the coast. The owner of the building is reluctant to repair the damages as he wants the department to vacate the building. Repeated requests for repair went unheard, despite paying a rent of around `70,000 per month. The department feels that people coming to the office are also insecure due to the condition of the building.
On Saturday, both Rajavelu and Panerselvam inspected two sites at Pavannan Nagar and Victoria
Nagar, both government land belonging to Oulgaret Municipality and Pondicherry Planning Authority (PPA). The officials of PPA and municipality were also present along with the Director of Women and child Meenakumari during the inspection. A decision would be taken shortly, sources said.
With funds being a constraint, the government decided to construct the building in different phases, sources said.