A class VIII student of Panchayat Union Middle School in Vellancheri village near Tirutani was electrocuted on Friday on the school premises.
Residents and parents of the school, located around 80 km from Chennai, on Saturday morning blocked the Tiruttani–Nagalampalayam High Road for nearly two hours, demanding the suspension of the school headmistress, K. Selvi.
The police said on Friday, around 3 p.m., N. Dhanasekar (13) was asked to switch on the motor pumpset by school authorities.
As the switch was damaged and wet due to rains on the previous night, the boy was electrocuted and died on the spot.
A team of revenue officials and the police held talks with the residents. Subsequently, based on instructions from the revenue divisional officer (Tirutani), the school department has suspended the headmistress for negligence.
Chennai: The state highways department has given its administrative sanction for land acquisition to develop the Chennai-Tirutani-Renigunta road into a six-lane highway at a cost of Rs 168 crore.
According to the GO issued by the highways department, the 22-km stretch of the Padi-Thiruninravur section, which passes through thickly populated urban areas as well as the Ambattur industrial estate, would be widened into a six-lane road.
The widening has been necessitated by traffic intensity exceeding one lakh passenger car units on this road, the order said. In order to widen the narrow stretch to six lanes, a minimum width of 30 meter right of way is required for which land acquisition is inevitable.
A senior highways department official said the process of land acquisition would take at least a year. “In the first phase,
we will be completing the four-lane works with central median at a cost of 98 crore. Tender has been floated for road widening works,” the official said.