With new AC, no sweat for Bantakal anganwadi children | Mangaluru News – Times of India

Udupi: The district is all set to get its first air-conditioned model anganwadi centre. The Bantakal anganwadi buildingin Shirva gram panchayat has been renovated at a cost of Rs 16.5 lakh by the PWD, with the Child Development Project Office Unit as the implementing agency.
Providing details of the anganwadi, that is all set for inauguration on Sunday, Udupi Child Development Project Officer Veena Vivekanand said that the Shirva gram panchayat has made sure that the Bantakal anganwadi is child-friendly, with an outdoor play area, and has even installed an air conditioner, by pooling in funds from donors. The anganwadi has all the basic amenities, and the women and child development department will ensure that the various schemes are well implemented, she said.
Shirva gram panchayat president K R Patkar has been instrumental in developing this anganwadi. He said, “The old anganwadi building was about four decades old, and for nearly seven years, I have been trying to get funds, so that the building is renovated. Once the government sanctioned the funds, we wanted this anganwadi to be a model one in the state. While the government sanctioned funds were only for the building, we managed to rope in sponsors who have donated various items, or undertaken works worth Rs 4 lakh,” he said.
Anganwadi supervisor Shaila from the women and child development department, Vinaya Kundar, an angawadi worker, along with helper Sandhya Acharya, look after nearly 30 children at this anganwadi.
Patkar said that with the support of individuals and organisations, the anganwadi has an air conditioner installed for the hall, and cable TV connection, so that cartoons can be telecast on TV. It also has a play area outside, with a sliding board and an iron sheet roof, for an area of about 900 sq feet has been provided, so that meetings can be held outside the anganwadi. Also, about 1,000 sq feet have been interlocked, and the walls have been attractively painted. The kitchen boasts of a water purifier, and the local Stree Shakti group has donated a grinder. In total, it is a model anganwadi, and we hope for many more such anganwadis in the state, said Patkar.
MLA Lalaji Mendon and zilla panchayat CEO Naveen Bhat will inaugurate the anganwadi in the presence of Shyamala S Kundar, member, National Commission for Women.