Heatwave: schools to reopen on June 29

Staff Reporter

‘Other holidays may be used to complete courses if need be’

Second time that the vacation has been extended

Members of High Court Bar Association decide not to attend court in view of heat

BHUBANESWAR: With temperature continuing to soar, the Orissa Government has extended summer vacation for educational institutes for the second time in a fortnight.

Now educational institutes will remain closed till June 28 and will open on June 29. In a notification, State School and Mass Education Secretary Vandana Kumari Jena said, “the prevailing heat wave is likely to continue for some days more. Exposure to heat wave condition by the students may adversely affect them.”

The extension of vacation would be applicable to schools functioning under School and Mass Educations and privately managed schools including public schools and English Medium schools under different management.

As duration of summer vacation has become lengthier than its normal period, the education department said steps might be taken to use other holidays including Sundays, Puja vacation and X-Mas holidays to complete the courses of studies if necessary.

Schools were supposed to open on June 16. Subsequently, keeping in mind sweltering heat the vacation was extended till June 24. Even earlier the State Government had ordered early summer vacation nearly 10 days ahead of the scheduled date. However, teachers and non-teaching staffs worked till April 30.

Meanwhile, members of Orissa High Court Bar Association decided not to attend daily court duty in view of shooting temperature.

“We have moved a proposal to full court seeking extension of vacation by three days. But the full court rejected our application. In view of unprecedented heat wave condition, we called our general body meeting where it was decided that members would remain absent till June 26,” said Kali Prasad Mishra, secretary of Orissa High Court Bar Association.

Mr. Mishra said they were joined by members of Cuttack District Bar Association and Cuttack Criminal Court Lawyers’ Association. “Since June 27 and 28 are regular holidays, a general body meeting has been convened on June 29 when we will decide whether to extend the vacation or to attend court,” he said.

Life miserable

Meanwhile, rise in mercury level has made life miserable in most parts of the State. Industrial town of Jharsuguda turned into virtual cauldron with highest temperature soaring beyond 46 degree Celsius on Tuesday. There was no respite from sweltering heat either as minimum temperature level was recorded at 32.2 degree Celsius. Talcher, another industrial town, was also burning at 45 degree Celsius.

At 12 major weather observation points, temperature crossed beyond 40 degree Celsius. The capital city recorded 44.6 degree Celsius, the highest temperature for the second consecutive day.

Director of Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar S. C. Sahu said hot wind from northwesterly direction was making the most damage. “By 11.30 am in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, the temperature had touched 42.6 degree Celsius. The wind speed at 8.30 am in the morning was measured at 9 km per hour and it suddenly rose to 28 km per hour by 9 am. The situation was worsening because there was no convergence point over landmass,” Mr. Sahu said.

The heat wave conditions was likely to prevail over Orissa for next 24 hours, met office sources said.