Open library, Ariyalur officials directed

Coming down heavily on the State for failing to inaugurate a library building despite nine years lapsing since its completion in Anandhavaadi village in Ariyalur district, the Madras High Court has directed the State to dispose the representation in this regard within the next eight weeks
Open library, Ariyalur officials directed
Madras High Court

Chennai

The division bench comprising Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice N Seshasayee, before whom a PIL in this regard came up, observed that, “Prima facie the irresponsibleness exhibited by the authorities concerned and inept attitude for not inaugurating the Public Library Building even after nine years clear.” The bench then directed the authorities to dispose the petitioner’s representation within eight weeks on merits in accordance with law and posted the case for compliance to November 1, 2017. The petitioner A Prakash, an advocate of Ariyalaur district, had submitted that the library was completed in 2009 under the “Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam” at a cost of Rs.2.70 lakh. But to the shock and surprise of the residents there the building was yet to be inaugurated till date resulting in it being occupied by anti-social elements, who use the building for consuming alcohol in the day and for illegal activities in the night, he said.
Noting that if the Library building is inaugurated it will be useful for students especially those from nearby villages preparing for competitive exams, he said since his repeated representation to the Government failed to evoke any results, he had no choice but to approach the court for remedy.

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