Srinagar Municipal Corporation sealing drive affects Karanagar students

JK Bank

As the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has started a drive against illegal structures, it has taken a heavy toll on students of a school in Karanagar locality, which was sealed on Tuesday evening. The SMC Tuesday evening sealed a school in Karanagar locality, due to which the students had to stay in their homes during this on-going examination session. The parents of students were apprehensive about the studies of their children.

“What would happen to our kids? No one seems bothered about their study. We have nothing against this drive but authorities should also think about the study of our children,” said a group of parents, who also held a protest against this action. While the school administration claims the building was not raised illegally.

“This building is some 60-years-old and only its fencing has been raised over these years. I received the notice from SMC in the first week of September.  In a reply to the notice, we have mentioned that the building was not any business establishment. Even we demanded some time from the authorities but on Tuesday they came and sealed the school,” said principal of the school, G N Ahanger.

“On Tuesday, I went to the SMC office and the officials asked me to get an affidavit from the court. But later that evening, I came to know that they have sealed the school,” He added.

The principal said that the non-availability of the space in the area was becoming a major concern for him and the students will suffer due to the sealing of school. “I have to look for a space of eight rooms which is quite difficult to find in this area. Further, if the SMC wants to demolish the building then they should also provide some alternative for the students,” he said.

“The establishment of school in residential area is against the master plan where only creches are allowed. The matter is sub-judice those who have issues regarding drive should approach to the High Court.” Commissioner, SMC, G N Qasba said.


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