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S. Ramesh
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Officials say repair works delayed because of elections

Kamaraj Nagar Municipal Middle School in Bhavani needs urgent repair works. – PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
Kamaraj Nagar Municipal Middle School in Bhavani needs urgent repair works. – PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Safety of the children seems to be last priority at the Kamaraj Nagar Municipal Middle School in Bhavani. The building at the school remain in a bad shape for long and the Bhavani Municipal administration, which maintains the school, has not even bothered to carry out repairs to the building till date.

Students study in dilapidated classrooms. The plaster keeps falling from the walls. At a few places, chunks of concrete already fell exposing the iron rods inside.

The roof leaks during rain, affecting the academic activities negatively. The water seepage through the walls has weakened the foundation of the building.

School authorities and parents of the children have taken this issue to the notice of the municipal administration on several occasions. “The officials did not even give us a satisfactory reply. On a few occasions, we were informed that sufficient funds were not available to carry out repairs and maintenance,” parents point out.

The lack of regular maintenance was the primary reason for the poor condition of the building. Neither the municipal administration nor the education department took out periodical repair and maintenance works at the school for the past several years.

A paltry sum is being allotted every year to carry out repairs. We cannot even whitewash the entire building with the sum allotted, school authorities say.

When asked, Municipal Commissioner S. Palanisamy said an estimate had been prepared to carry out repairs in the school building and the work order had been issued. Denying the allegations of parents, the Commissioner said that the municipality got adequate funds and the maintenance work would begin at the school soon.

“The work order had been issued before the announcement on local body elections was made. We could not start the work immediately as model code of conduct had come into force. We could now start the work as elections were over,” he added.

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