About 350 students and their parents came together on Tuesday to protest against the municipal corporation’s move to demolish a Malad school.
Acting on a complaint from MLA Rajhans Singh, the BMC’s P/North ward office on June 4 demolished the school building of Adarsh Vidya Mandir in Malad (East), stating it was an unauthorised structure. On Tuesday, the BMC had planned to demolish the school building of AVM Academy but could not due to the protest.
The demolition of these buildings could affect approximately 7,500 students who are enrolled at these schools.
A letter to the AVM Academy principal from the corporation’s P/North ward office states, “You have failed to produce authentic documents... hence the notice structure ie ground floor plus first floor under construction is treated as unauthorised and liable for demolition.”
School authorities pleaded helplessness.
“What can we do when they bully us like this,” said Sandeep Singh, a trustee of both the schools. “We are helpless and at this rate the students will have to sit for classes on the road. We will present our case to the chief minsiter next week.”
Rajhans Singh, a Congress MLA and leader of opposition in the corporation, said that that he had received complaints from local residents and forwarded them to the BMC.
“The complainants were concerned that the entire complex is completely unauthorised and is a danger to the children studying in one of those school buildings.”
“This is completely unfair and based on political pressure from certain quarters,” said Vinod Sharma, general secretary of BJP's Mumbai Youth wing and member of the Dindoshi Bachao Committee that was also a part of the protest. “It would jeopardise the future of nearly 7,500 children studying at these schools.” The Committee plans to make a representation to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan next week and also go on a hunger strike.