Gandhiji had stayed in Harijana Sevak Sangh for a few days in 1942

School to have classes up to VII standardInitially, admissions will be restricted to girls Merla Subbarao, a philanthropist, donates seven acres of land

Kakinada: A residential school exclusively for Schedule Tribe students will soon come up in the historic Harijana Sevak Sangh premises in Venkatarathnapuram area here where Gandhiji stayed for 15 days in 1942 attending the Congress Seva Dal camp. The school will have classes up to VII. The district Harijana Sevak Sangh plans to construct the building at a cost of Rs.12 lakhs in a sprawling 3,200 sq yds. Honorary president of the Sangh Dantu Suryarao said at a press conference here on Wednesday that local MLA Mutha Gopalakrishna had agreed to sanction Rs.6 lakhs from his constituency development fund for the construction of the building. Initially, admissions into the school would be restricted to girls but later it would be extended to boys. He said Merla Subbarao a philanthropist of Velangi had donated seven acres of land and the revenue accrued on it now would be utilised for running the hostel.

Befitting tribute

Mr. Suryarao said the building, which had become dilapidated, collapsed in 1969 cyclone. Later in 1994, 2,800 sq yds was given to Maharshi Sambamurthy School for handicapped children and another 1,000 sq yds for Young Men's Happy Club for promotion of cultural activities. He said the residential school would be as a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation.