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City schools may have to bid for sites

The Delhi Development Authority?s (DDA) proposal to auction school sites might finally see the light of the day. The proposal was approved by the DDA at a meeting held on Thursday.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 13:07 IST

The Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) proposal to auction school sites might finally see the light of the day. The proposal was approved by the DDA at a meeting held on Thursday.

It was also agreed at the meeting that the remaining area would be disposed of by way of allotment to the government. A final decision in the matter will be taken by Delhi Lieutenant Governor BL Joshi.

But two non-official members of the DDA, Nasirpur MLA Mahabal Mishra and CR Park councillor Virendra Kasana, expressed their reservations. “Auction would lead to commercialisation of education,” they said. DDA had formulated the policy to dispose of school sites by way of auction following rampant violation by societies which were earlier given school sites at a concessional rate.

These societies were given subsidised land following an agreement that they would provide free education to 25 per cent of the poor children. But a majority of the societies were found to be flouting the agreement. DDA had earlier decided to auction land to higher education and technical institutes.

But an official survey found that of the 300 societies given land at a concessional rate, 170 were flouting the lease agreement. Recently, the land lease of four schools was cancelled by the DDA for flouting the agreement.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 13:07 IST