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The News Minute | October 20, 2014 | 11.00 am IST One of the most revered athletes in India and nick named the Payoli Express, P.T. Usha from Kerala is facing heat from the people living around the athlete school that she is running in her home state. On the other hand, the Gujarat government has laid a red carpet for her to aid them in setting up a similar school there. PM Narendra Modi had invited P.T. Usha among other athletes to advice the state government to set up a similar school there while he was the CM of the state. PT Usha confirmed to The News Minute that she has accepted PM Modi's invite. Due to some preoccupations P.T. Usha could not visit the state earlier when she was invited. “I will be visiting Gujarat on November 9 and helping the state government to develop a sports school,” she said. The Usha School of Athletics in Kinaloor in Kozhikode district has been facing odds from the localites living nearby right from the time the proposal to construct it was passed by the Union government in 2011. The recent protest by people has been that the running track constructed in the school is causing flooding in the nearby houses. What has now made the matter severe is that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala has raised its red flag. The party, by raising its flag, is backing the ongoing protest by the local people against the athletic school. People are agitating against the unscientific construction of the synthetic track in the athletics school. They allege that because of the synthetic track water is being forcefully diverted towards the nearby houses causing flooding there, the Malayalam daily Malayala Manorama reported. However, the school officials say that proper channels for the excess water to flow had been constructed and, therefore, water will not flow into the nearby houses as alleged by the people. The construction work done by the union public works department was according to a sound plan, the officials assert. The officials allege that the actual reason for flooding is that the road constructed by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has no culvert. They say that the school is being blamed to cover up the wrong committed by the KSIDC. It is to be noted that though the state government offered 30 acres of land for the construction of the school, it has not been supportive in any other way, despite the school lacking in funds. P.T. Usha told The News Minute that the track built around an area of four acres can never flood the entire houses in the neighbourhood. It is clear that the track has nothing to do with flooding, she said.

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