School in MSEZ area faces uncertainty

Sundipto Mondal

Alternative school building yet to be built by MSEZ

The school’s trust has received

Rs. 11 lakh

MANGALORE: The 115-year-old Hindu Aided Higher Primary School in the Chandrahas Nagar area of Permude is facing an uncertain future.

The school was given a week’s time to vacate by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board to make way for the Mangalore Special Economic Zone.

The members of the school’s management (a family-run trust) have not divulged the information to even the teachers and parents. When contacted, Ramesh Rao, who runs the school on behalf of the trust, first said that he received the notice on Wednesday but latter retracted saying that he did not know anything about the deadline.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction C. Chame Gowda visited the school on Friday but did not know when the deadline expires.

Things became murkier as a senior official of the KIADB could not give information about the deadline.

The people of the village told The Hindu that they believe it to be a part of a conspiracy; the teachers of the school shared the villagers’ view.

The promoters of the MSEZ have not yet provided an alternative school building as promised.

The management of the school has accepted nearly Rs. 11 lakh in exchange for one acre of land on which the school is built.

However, with some help from their parents and teachers, a few children petitioned the District Child Welfare Committee asking it to intervene in the matter.

Acting on the petition signed by 10 students from the school, the committee issued a show-cause notice to the office of the DDPI.

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