68-yr-old school building to be demolished for widening of Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway
The NHAI plans to install a toll plaza at the school site; final decision to be taken after inspectionpunjab Updated: Aug 08, 2018 18:29 IST
A 68-year-old government school building at Samrala is likely to be razed as it falls in the way of widening of the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway. While the school authorities are making all efforts to save the building, the Punjab education secretary, Krishan Kumar, has directed the Ludhiana deputy commissioner (DC), Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, to inspect the place and look for a possible way out.
To make way for the six-lane project on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana Highway that started two years ago, a toll plaza has to be established at the place of Government Primary School, Ghulal, Samrala, due to which, the school building can be demolition. Sources confirmed that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will take 50 feet space from the boundary wall of the school.
NHAI project director KL Sachdeva said, “As per the plan, it has been proposed to establish a toll plaza at the school site but after inspecting the site, a final decision will be taken.”
However, the highway authorities have asked the school head to vacate the building in the next two months and left the school authorities and villagers upset. “The authorities can establish the toll plaza somewhere else on the highway. Demolishing the school will ruin the efforts of the villagers and school authorities for children’s education till now,” Jagveer Singh Mangat, village sarpanch, said.
He added, “The school has one of the best infrastructures and has set an example for others. The students here excel in both academics and extracurricular activities and have bagged many medals.”
After receiving a letter from the education secretary, Agarwal has sent the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Samrala, Geetika Singh, to inspect the Government Primary School, Ghulal, and take not of the situation, on Tuesday. The letter stated that due to the widening of Chandigarh-Ludhiana road from four to six-lane, some land of the said Government Primary School, Ghulal is being acquired. It is also stated that a toll plaza is being established that requires more space from the school resulting in demolition of the existing school building.
“No doubt some compensation would be received, however, the school staff and village panchayat has put in a lot of money and efforts in bringing up the school,” the letter further stated.
School received appreciation from state for best infrastructure
Last year, the school authorities were appreciated by the state government for providing the best infrastructure and school head Sanjeev Kumar received a state award for motivating his students to excellence.
For its beautification, NRIs have provided funds to the school and the authorities used that money to paint the school walls with images of freedom fighters, names of flowers, birds and animals.
About the school
The school has strength of 105 students and three teachers. The building has four classrooms, a well-equipped library, toilets and a mid-day meal kitchen.
The entrance gate of the school is beautifully made with colourful images of students and alphabets. In November last year, a Class 5 student of the school, Harmandeep Kaur, bagged a gold medal in the 18-kg state-level Sqay marsh games held at the Polo Ground in Patiala.
First Published: Aug 08, 2018 18:23 IST