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Children of this Ghaziabad school have to wade through filthy water every day

Faculty members allege that the problem is due to farmers stopping water flow from the canal meant for their fields, which then back-floods into their campus.

noida Updated: Sep 06, 2018 06:59 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad school,Filthy water,Kuriyagarhi
Students say the water is knee-deep and foul-smelling. They say a lot of insects are floating in it.(Sakib ali/HT Photo)

Students and teachers of a government primary school in Kuriyagarhi, Rajapur block, have to battle odds every day by wading through knee-deep water to reach their classrooms. They said the problem is persistent as water from nearby fields enters the school premises, which is in a low-lying area.

The faculty alleges that the problem is due to farmers stopping water flow from the canal meant for their fields, which then back-floods into their campus.

“The problem is augmented this year, since August 21, due to heavy rains. Otherwise, our school campus is flooded when local farmers stop excess water from a small canal, as it is located in a low lying area. We have written several times to the education department and the district administration officials. We also approached the gram pradhan but no help has come so far,” Priyanka Rastogi, the in-charge teacher of the school, said.

“After repeated appeals to the pradhan, a pump was put in to draw out the water. We had to break a part of the boundary wall to let the water flow to the other side. Generally, the water comes in from fields whenever the farmers stop water from the canal. So far, it seems no one is concerned enough to resolve our issue,” she added.

Divya Kumari, a student of class IV, said all the students have to remove their shoes every time they enter or exit the school.

“The water is knee-deep and black in color. A foul smell emanates from it and there are a lot of insects around. Students often slip and fall in the water and have to go back home. We have to take off our shoes and socks to reach our classrooms every time. We have to wade through the filthy water even for accessing the drinking water,” she said.

Rajesh Sriwas, district basic education officer, said that the issue has been brought to his knowledge by the school staff.

“We have asked the teachers to either get the area filled with the help of funds available with the school or approach the pradhan to get it done with gram sabha funds,” he added.

Gram pradhan Reena Rani could not be reached for comment but her husband Satish Kumar, who replied on her behalf, said he will get the area filled up in a few days.

“We had deployed a pump a couple of days back to draw out the water. It comes from the sub canal which provides water to fields. When the local farmers stop excess water to their fields, it flows into the school as it is in low lying area. We will approach our gram sabha to get funds and get the area filled up,” he added.

The school has 84 children, three teachers and three shiksha mitras. It runs classes from first to fifth and houses an Anganwadi Kendra as well, the school authorities said.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 06:58 IST