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School continues to function in unsafe structure, MC does nothing

punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2014 14:00 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times
Government Primary School

Government Primary School, 6A Miller Ganj, has been functioning from a dilapidated building as all three rooms of the school have been declared unsafe by the public works department (PWD) here.

The PWD department had given a certificate to the school incharge Manisha Nanda on Wednesday in which the building was declared as unsafe.

The school building was constructed in 1932 and has been running from rented property. During a visit to the school on Friday, Hindustan Times team found that the school which is under the municipal corporation, had tinned roof and of the total three rooms, one was used as classroom while in of the remaining two rooms, school incharge sits and another was used for storage of food grains and utensils of mid-day meal.

However, one class sits in the corridor. Adding to the woes, a total of 87 students have to study in the dark as there is no electricity and proper windows. The level of school is lower than road level due to which during rains water enters the school and students find it difficult to enter the premises.

government school building

The certificate given to the school incharge clearly says that the condition of the building is deplorable and not safe for the children.

When contacted the school incharge Manisha Nanda said: “Due to lack of proper building the admission process is being affected. No parent would like to send their children to a school which has unsafe building.”

Subhash Rani, a parent, said, “My son is studying in this school for the past two years. Since the building has been declared unsafe, we are planning to shift his school as any untoward incident can take place anytime.”

It is pertinent to mention that there are seven government schools in the district under the municipal corporation.

When contacted PS Ghuman, zonal commissioner, MC, said: “We deal with the private buildings and government schools buildings fall under the domain of the education department and not under us.”

However, city mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said: “I will visit all the seven schools under MC and will look into the problems faced by them. However, If any of our school buildings is declared unsafe by the PWD than we will take necessary action as students’ safety is our priority.”