June 26, 2018
Coimbatore: Residents of Krishna Nagar near Podanur in the city have voiced their concern over the lack of proper service to children, adolescent girls and the aged at the local balwadi. They also initiated renovation steps.
Located between Thayammal Layout and Gandhi Road, the balwadi has not been providing proper services since 2015, says Kavitha Karthik, public health nurse and local resident.
As per ICDS programme, it should provide food, preschool education and primary healthcare to children under six years of age and their mothers.
Kavitha told The Covai Post that no basic facilities were available in the balwadi. “We have formed a team to make this balwadi function. Our approach to CDPO (children development project officer) Mrs. Manjula requesting for facilities was failed,” she added.
The building was turning into a place for alcoholics as there was no light and a compound wall. As the building was constructed in a reserved site, locals approached the corporation to provide power connection which was provided.
Following the petition, the corporation provided light facility says kavitha.
“We then started painting the building with the help of team member Dinesh and Sathyamoorthy, members of NGO Makkal Pathai. Residents volunteered and supported us in this,” said Kavitha. The team has requested the corporation to build a compound wall and a toilet using ICDS fund. The corporation had agreed to do so in three months, Kavitha said.
Balwadi teacher S Sasikala said the building was allocated by government three years ago. Around 20 students were admitted in the beginning. As it turned to be a place for boozers at night, parents hesitated to send their children.
“We are trying to make this centre a plastic-free zone,” Kavitha said, adding that authorities had been requested to take action for shifting an industry built inside the reserved site.