VMC councillor stumps seniors; takes Anandiben on an unscheduled visit

The original structure had a small room and a washroom,which could only accommodate 25 children.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: October 21, 2013 3:59:20 am

During her visit to Vadodara on Sunday,Urban Development and Revenue minister Anandiben Patel made an unscheduled stop on the request of former deputy mayor and councillor Mamta Kale.

Kale,who felicitated Anandiben at the function for the inauguration of a SRC scheme in Vadodara,requested her to also inaugurate a newly constructed Anganwadi in the vicinity. Anandiben is said to have happily obliged. Mamta Kale got what she wanted when Anandiben Patel visited the Diwalipura Anganwadi that has recently been reconstructed to accommodate about 50 students by the Vadodara Round Table.

The original structure had a small room and a washroom,which could only accommodate 25 children.

Kale,who has been associated with the anganwadi in her area,approached the Round Table to have it reconstructed into the present Ground +1 storey structure. The construction lasted for eight months and the anganwadi will be open for students from Monday.

Kale said,“I approached the Round Table,as they have tie-ups with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan. They willingly reconstructed the school by spending close to Rs 32 lakh. I told Anandiben that if she would come and inaugurate the new anganwadi building,it would give the party workers and councillors a morale boost. Since it is a subject close to her heart,she was more than willing to oblige.”

Senior VMC officials said that Kale’s proposal to Anandiben came as a surprise as the VMC had no plans to have Anandiben inaugurate the anganwadi. Kale,however,denied that the officers did not know about the anganwadi inauguration. “The VMC officers were not aware that the construction of the new building was completed. They asked me only this morning when I informed them that it was complete. In fact,the preparation for the inauguration was done by the VMC after Anandiben agreed to inaugurate the school. So,they did know about it,” Kale says.

Mayor Bharat Shah was unavailable for comment.

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