Water scarcity has hit students of the cluster of schools located near Moti Mahal area in Golconda.
The compound houses three different schools, Government Public School (GPS) Dhana Lakshmipura, GPS Qazi Gully and GUPS Mufeed un Niswan.
But none of these schools have facilities for drinking water in their premises even though about 500 students are enrolled at the schools.
Though regular mid-day meals are being supplied to the school, children struggle to get a bottle of water, at times forcing them to carry the water along with their heavy bags.
“We bring water from home or from the nearby mosque,” says a student of class IV.
A sump provided in the school has facility for storing water. The tap water finds its way into the sump that is filled with trash and rocks. Yet children fetch water from this sump using a small bucket and a rope for toilet facilities.
“The water pressure is low and I have to bring water from a distant source,” says a caretaker at the school.
The toilet facilities, as a result, are put to no use due to inadequate water supply and improper storage facility.
“Toilets in the school have overhead Sintex tanks but water remains a problem, so they lie unused. Children are forced to come home whenever they have to attend nature's call,” says Shabana Begum, a parent.
The parents and local residents feel that if a water pump and bore well are provided on the premises, the water scarcity problem could be taken care of.
The school in-charge was unavailable for comment and a couple of teachers present could not elaborate on the remedial measures being taken up.
ASIF YAR KHAN
Three government schools near Moti Mahal area in Golconda lack drinking water facilities even though 500 students are enrolled in them