The HR and CE Department has agreed to sell the land to PTA for Rs. 78 lakh

Parents of children studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya that was started in 2010 in Perambalur district have pooled money for buying land near the District Collector’s office for the school building and want to hand over the same to the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for construction of building.

The KVS has sanctioned funds for the building, according to a source in the Vidyalaya Management Committee.

Since the school was started under civil sector, the district administration took the responsibility to identify land for a permanent building. According to the KVS norms, the sponsoring authority had to provide a suitable piece of land free of cost for construction of buildings, staff quarters, and playground.

However, a couple of locations that the district administration showed to the officials of the KVS, Chennai Region, were found unsuitable.

Hence, parents decided upon the location close to the Collectorate that was under the ownership of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department. But the department was not prepared to offer the land for free.

The Parent-Teacher-Association assumed responsibility for purchasing the land measuring about 5 acres.

Although the KVS stipulates that eight acres of land in urban places, the minimum specified land area is four acres.

According to the source, the HR & CE department had agreed to sell the land to the PTA for Rs. 78 lakh. So far, the PTA has mobilised Rs. 45 lakh.

On an average, every parent in the school with a student strength exceeding 300 contributed Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000.

The amount will be paid to the HR and CE department with an assurance to make the final settlement within a time frame whereupon the revenue authorities will grant ‘enter upon’ permission for the KVS to go ahead with the building construction, the source said.

Since its start, the school has been functioning temporarily from the buildings of the Revenue Divisional Officer in Perambalur.

The school now admits students till class VIII. The permanent buildings will be constructed with capacity to accommodate students till class XII. The building plan has provision for residential quarters for teachers, the source added.