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Wall of happiness brings cheer to the underprivileged in city

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The wall of happiness, an initiative by Trichy City Corporation (TCC) with an objective to donate the used products that are in good condition, was thrown open for public on Saturday. The wall of happiness is a platform for people of the city to place their unused and used products that are in a good state on the shelves established in the wall so that people from underprivileged families can pick up the stuff they need for their use.

Established in Allithurai road close to the Amma Canteen near K Abishekapuram zonal office of Trichy Corporation, provisions for as many as 18 shelves have been made in the wall that is 25 feet in length. Corporation officials said that the wall of happiness, besides promoting brotherhood in the city, may also bring down the number of reusable products thrown away.
"Residents instead of throwing away products of good quality such as clothes and footwear can donate them through the wall of happiness," Corporation commissioner N Ravichandran said while inaugurating the wall of happiness. Trichy Corporation has made it clear that no food products should be placed in the shelves as the compromises in quality of food items, with or without the knowledge of donor, might affect the people using the wall. Besides helping the public, the wall will also help the civic body in limiting the quantum of reusable waste reaching the dump yards, he added.
Civic body, after opening the facility, appealed to the denizens to donate books and toys that are in good condition in large quantity to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. As the wall has been established close to the zonal office of the civic body in Allithurai road adjacent to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, corporation officials said that the security guards in the corporation office would additionally guard the wall of happiness. "Depending upon the patronage, we will further expand such facilities in other parts of the city," the Corporation commissioner added. The wall in Trichy was second such initiative proposed by a government body in the state after Tirunelveli.
Earlier in 2015, a survey conducted by Trichy Corporation in the city estimated at least 400 urban homeless people dwelling in the city. The number could have gone up by now, according to the officials.

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