Express news service
THOOTHUKUDI: Never in his strange dreams A Varadharajan from Ayan Vadamalapuram would have imagined that a goodwill gesture from his family would put him in a place. All was well in the early days after his father Alagirisamy and grandmother Kondammal donated 13 cents of land each to a nearby government panchayat union college to build a building in 1957.
Sources said the family cultivated the remaining 60 cents of land. âTen years ago, the school built an Anganwadi center on the five cents of farmland where the family farmed, and built perimeter walls around the school and the Anganwadi premises. Now there is no way left for him to reach his land, âthey said.
In a petition to Collector, Varadharajan said he could not take vehicles to his farmland after the perimeter wall was built. âIn addition, other farmers who cultivate in neighboring lands do not allow passage through their farms,â he said. This affected cultivation, the provision of inputs to the land, harvesting and transporting the crops to the market. Even though I asked the school authorities and the responsible for the development of the blocks of Pudur, no action has yet been taken, âhe lamented.
Speaking to TNIE, Varadarajan said his ancestors donated only 26 cents of land, but more than 31 cents of land is now in the custody of school authorities. âI am not complaining about the illegal construction of the anganwadi center on my own land in patta since it is used for public purposes. I only need a trail that is at least 10 feet wide to my farmland, âhe added.