Two new schools to open in Dhanas by March-end

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 13:46 IST

The 16-month long wait by the residents of Colony Number 5, Dhanas, to have two new schools- secondary and senior secondary, is likely to end by the end of this month, March 31.

UT administration has set the deadline for the construction for both the school buildings which will have around 45 class rooms each for thousands of children in the area.

“We are almost done with the construction of these schools and are looking forward to start them by end of the month,” said a senior official in education department.

Colony Number 5 used to be the largest slum area in the city and was demolished by UT administration on November 21 and later 8,448 rehabilitation flats were handed over to the slum-dwellers who were left homeless after the demolition drive.

More than 2,000 children were adjusted in the nearby government schools including in Government High School Sarangpur, and in other government schools in Sectors 25, 38 west and two schools in Dhanas itself which are located at great distance from the colony.

A large number of students, mostly girls, did not take admission in any of the schools as their parents found it difficult to send them to a school far away from their homes.

“These schools are big hope for the dropouts. We have a primary school in the locality where around 1,800 students are getting education in rented rooms. There are also around 60 Anganwadis but we did not have any school for senior classes inside the area. The parents who didn’t wish to enrol their kids in distant schools due to travel fare would not have any problem now,” said Ram Saroop, a resident.

Pankaj, a Class 8 student at the Government Model School, Sector 33 and also the resident of the area said that he would continue in the same school despite of the new schools opening in his area.

“I am happy that administration is paying attention to us and is working hard in adhering to the promises made to us. Large number of students who travel to far away schools, would get easy enrolment in these schools, though I would prefer to continue with my present school,” he said.

Even the officials of the schools, where the children were earlier adjusted, want these buildings to start early as they also want these children to be shifted to the schools in their own area.

A police post and four dispensaries were also constructed in the area to provide infrastructure support.

Other than these two schools in Dhanas, the education department willl also start schools at neighbouring townships of Kishangarh and Manimajra.

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