The Story of a Man who Built Five Cinemas: Combating the Culture of Poverty
By Devanesan Nesiah - Mon Apr 09, 1:55 am
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The story of Veerappa Alagoo and his family is also that of one the most disadvantaged and discriminated against among the major communities of this island. Alagoo’s story relates to a minor employee of upcountry Tamil Origin working under R. Copland, then Superintendent of Nichola Oya estate, Rattota. Veerappa Alagoo so impressed the Superintendent with his mechanical-cum-building contracting skills that he was provided with a small block of land near the estate factory to set up his own workshop. Veerappa Alagoo responded promptly and set up a workshop together with living quarters for himself and his family on that land.
He also installed a sluice gate on higher ground across a perennial streamlet to divert water and generate power for a secondhand turbine and in turn power a fan-driven blacksmith’s furnace, a lathe, a power hacksaw, a stand drill, a grinder and a mini electricity generator….