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Government’s plan to construct a building remains on paper
Process remains in its initial stages till date
CPI had staged a demonstration last month
PUDUCHERRY: It has turned out to be a long wait for land for the Government Girls Middle School at Reddiarpalayam.
The Government’s plan to construct a building remains on paper, leaving the students to grapple with space crunch.
Problems seem aplenty for the 70-year-old school with its dilapidated structures and inadequate space for the 100-odd students. Most of the classes are conducted on the verandah.
In 2003, the Puducherry government announced that all government schools functioning on rented premises would get own buildings in two years. After identifying 14 schools, including the Reddiarpalayam school, the government began identification of land for acquisition. But the process remains in its initial stages till date.
The Communist Party of India staged a demonstration in February demanding immediate steps to expand the school, pointing to Chief Minister N. Rangasamy’s assurance in the Assembly last year to fasten land acquisition.
“The building is badly damaged, and there is no other government girls’ school in this area. The site selection committee of the Education Department had identified a piece of land close to the school but it had failed to send letters to the Town Planning Department, the Municipality and the Registration Department. This has led to a number of discrepancies, causing further delay,” says local MLA R. Viswanathan.
The Central University Land Acquisition wing of the Directorate of School Education said no funds could be allotted this fiscal for land acquisition, he said. It made clear that the land acquisition proposal would be taken up after the receipt of fund availability certificate from the requisitioning wing on finalisation of the budget for 2008-2009.
Meanwhile, construction has commenced in the land identified for the school’s expansion, Reddiarpalayam ward councillor A. Devasagayam says.
“No other school”
“A slum clearance board tenement with more than 1,000 houses will soon come up here. There is no other girls’ school for the children. The land acquisition proposal is pending for long,” he says, to drive home his point that the government should expand the school immediately.