VELLORE: Residents of Muthumandapam sought divine intervention towards their demand of opening the primary school and ration shop, which were constructed three years ago, but remained closed till date.
Making use of the Vinayagar Chathurthi festival, the residents erected a six-foot-tall Vinayagar idol along with a smaller one measuring two-foot-tall. Both Vinayagar idols were clothed in government school uniforms in the locality, to highlight the building that remains locked.
The idol was carrying a school bag and placards, pleading to open the school and ration shop soon.
“We have taken this festival as an opportunity to air our grievances and expose the lethargic and apathetic attitude of the officials concerned,” said a group of youth in the procession of the idol.
“Officials are not taking steps to open the buildings. As a result, around 50 children from our area have to travel two km and cross the National Highway to go to the school at Thottapalayam. Some parents do not send children to school fearing for their safety,” said A Karikalam of Muthu Mandapam.
“The building is remaining idle and not serving its purpose,” said Vijayalakhsmi, mother of two children. The buildings had been consstructed in 2012 under the MLA Constituency Development Fund but were since not opened.