Residents of Bargur hills need not travel 25 km to pay their electricity bills as the Office of the Assistant Engineer of the electricity board was inaugurated at Thamaraikarai in the hills here on Sunday.

Minister for Electricity, Prohibition and Excise, P. Thangamani, Minister for School Education, K.A. Sengottaiyan and Minister for Environment, K.C. Karuppannan, inaugurated the office in the presence of Collector S. Prabhakar and Anthiyur MLA K.R. Rajakrishnan.

Mr. Thangamani said that people in the hills have to reach Anthiyur for paying their bills and also to get their grievance related to electricity problems redressed. The new office will serve them and disruption in electricity supply will also be attended immediately.

He said that 2,865 house service connections, 227 commercial services and 146 services to farm lands would benefit because of the new office. Also, people in 33 small hamlets can utilise the service of the office, he added.

Mr. Sengottaiyan said that works were in progress to widen the existing single road to two-way road from Sellappapalayam – Barugur – Kollegal Road for 42 km at a total cost ofRs. 72.90 crore.

He said that gabion wall would be constructed in areas where the stretch is narrow and small culverts would be established to ensure rain water pass beneath the roads.

He said that under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, anganwadi buildings were constructed at a cost of Rs. 10.8 lakh each at Chinnasengulam and Osur.

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