Chennai District Collector inaugurates free transport from bus stop to collectorate
Battery-operated car for differently abled, elderly
The car was a long-pending demand.–Photo: M.K. Ananth
A battery car to transport free of cost differently abled and elderly petitioners from the bus stop to the district collectorate was inaugurated by District Collector J. Kumaragurubaran on Monday. Mr. Kumaragurubaran told The Hindu that it was bought under the District Innovation Fund (DIF) under the 13th Finance Commission.
The Collector said on an average close to 500 petitions were submitted at the collectorate during the weekly grievances meet on Monday. Of these, about 200 to 250 of them (40 per cent to 50 per cent) were submitted by differently abled and very old persons. “A car for the petitioners was a long pending demand of various associations for the differently abled,” he said.
Mr. Kumaragurubaran said a proposal to buy the car, worth Rs. 4 lakh, was sent to the State Government about three months ago. According to him the DIF gets 90 per cent (Rs. 3.6 lakh) of the cost from the State Government while 10 per cent (Rs. 40,000) is contributed by the public.
“The car is the first project sanctioned for Namakkal under DIF – of the total Rs.1 crore earmarked for this district,” the Collector said. The decision to buy a battery car was taken as it has lesser ground clearance – less than half a foot – that is much less than the clearance of many petrol and diesel vehicles in this price range.
“Initially, the vehicle will function from 9 a.m. till the end of the meeting on all Mondays,” he said and added that the free service would also be made available on other days based on demand. Differently abled persons said the vehicle had brought down the time taken for them to reach the petition counter by 10 minutes.
“The weekly grievance meeting is now conducted in the conference hall on the first floor of the collectorate. A meeting hall will soon be constructed at Rs. 17 lakh on the ground floor.