Elementary school at Dhobiana Basti in the city is all set for an upgrade at the cost of Rs. 35 lakh.
The school with more than 450 students neither has a toilet or the facility of potable water. There has been no improvement in the situation at the school ever since it came into being.
Deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav has directed district education officer (elementary) Amarjit Kaur Kotfatta to start infrastructural upgrade at the school.
The directions came after a former municipal councillor of the area, Manjit Singh, had complained to the DC that some followers of a gurdwara adjacent to the school were allegedly creating hurdles in the construction of the boundary wall and upgrade of infrastructure.
As per Manjit Singh, "Every time the school management starts doing something constructive in the school, some people from the gurdwara interfere and stop the work. The school comes under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation, Bathinda, but these people claim that the land belongs to the gurdwara and interfere in the working of the school."
He added that it was because of these people that the school was in a shambles and couldn't provide even basic amenities to students and staff members.
Talking about the condition of the school, he said, "We have two rooms and a small office in the name of the school building. Three classes are conducted in a nearby dharamshala."
"For drinking water, the school is dependent on a lone tap on the premises. There is not even a single toilet in the school. Students use dharamshala's toilets, while the staff members have no option but to go to the nearby homes to relieve themselves. The mid-day meal is also cooked and served to students at the dharamshala," he added.
DEO Amarjit Kaur Kotfatta said, "Following the deputy commissioner's order to start work at the school, I have forwarded the order to the district resource person (DRP) to check the groundwork and collect data from the school authorities regarding the work that needs to be done at the school."
A grant of Rs. 35 lakh had already reached the school and the work will start without any delay, she added.