Due to the merger of a number of MCD schools, 17 schools of the civic agency have shut down in the city. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is planning to use the buildings of these 17 schools to set up libraries and old-age homes.
According to the civic agency, since most of the schools that have shut down are in areas that have become highly commercialised over the past few years and, not many people live there. An official in the education department said out of the 1,746 schools, 17 were closed in 2008 due to the decreasing number of students.
“Most of the school buildings are in a dilapidated condition, and need renovation. We will first have to carry out repair work there,” said a senior MCD official. Most of the 17 schools are in Karol Bagh, Paharganj and City zone of the MCD.
“All these buildings are empty and we want to utilise them by either using them as libraries or old-age homes,” said Mahender Nagpal, chairman of the education committee of the MCD. Nagpal has written a letter to the MCD commissioner asking him to make a proposal in this regard and table it in the MCD’s standing committee.
Also, before clearing the project, the civic agency will also seek the opinion of people.
One of the chief reasons behind the closure of these schools was the large-scale migration of slum residents who had made temporary settlements near the school buildings. Due to the migration of slum residents and demolition of slum clusters, the number of students in these 17 schools had fallen considerably.
In 2008, MCD schools were closed in several areas of the city including Sadar Paharganj, City Zone, Karol Bagh Zone, LIG building colony Dus, Roshanpura, Nai Sadak, Imperial Bank, More Sarai Fatehpuri, 6 TUTI Chowk, Ghee Mandi, Chuna Mandi, Mantola, Gali Pahiye Wali, and Dal Mandi.