The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has agreed to the demands of Shiv Sena cub leader Aditya Thackeray.
A little less than a year after Hindustan Times carried a report about students having to study at Sion Fort on candles, lanterns and torches at night, the BMC today approved a proposal by Aditya Thackeray, to keep the classrooms of 16 civic schools across the city open from 6pm till midnight. According to the circular issued by the education department on this decision, 16 schools have been earmarked in different wards of the city.
Talking about his proposal to have class rooms open for students in the night, Aditya said, “I read the Hindustan Times report about how students had to struggle and study in the unlikeliest of places, like Sion Fort in the dark. Hence, this effort will ensure that students now have a safe, secure place where then can study till midnight.”
One room, with fans and benches, will be provided in each of these schools and if needed, more rooms shall be given.
“Local officials will survey these rooms and check the usage. If there are many students using this room, then we might expand the scope of the project too, and increase the number of rooms”, he added.
Along with this, the BMC, with civic polls a year away, has also agreed to two other proposals by the Yuva Sena chief. In a clear indication of election games beginning, Thackeray junior has now demanded that a new art, culture and sports department in the BMC, to encourage young artists to take to art and cultural activities.
“Currently, there is little encouragement for young sportspersons, artists and photographers like myself, from the civic body. Hence, this wing will ensure that such talent is promoted and adequate platforms are given to such talent,” he said. (See Box)
Flanked by mayor Shraddha Jadhav, Sena leader in the civic house Sunil Prabhu and standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale, Thackeray also said that the implementation of all the three decisions would be implemented immediately.