Eight letters since January 2014, and still the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has not demarcated the area for construction of a boundary wall at Government High School, Sarabha Nagar.
The school has been without a boundary wall since its inception in 1974 when a letter, accessed by Newsline, from LIT confirmed the allotment of 2,400 square yards of land to Government Primary School.
The encroachments came up and LIT since then has failed to demarcate the area for construction of a boundary wall. In 1996 the school was upgraded to high school, even then the wall never came up.
Triangular in shape, the boundary wall is missing from one side which incidentally faces a busy road which witnesses rush throughout school hours in the posh colony of Sarabha Nagar. The playground of the school along with toilets for both boys and girls are without a boundary wall and almost three children have been injured till now following accidents due to lack of the boundary wall.
A few months back, a primary schoolchild, Sahil, was injured after a motorcycle hit him and he got a fracture. He came on the road while playing in the ground. The school then installed a fencing to prevent students from going on the road. Then a kid, Raju, injured himself in the eye after a fall on the fencing. His surgery bills were paid by the school staff, and the fencing was removed later.
The school has been facing a whole lot of problems due to the missing boundary wall for more than 41 years. Despite funds for the same being granted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), the wall has not come up as LIT is not demarcating the area.
The letters, dated January 13, April 4, May 27, June 27 in 2014 and then March 25 and April 7 in 2015, accessed by Newsline, written by the school authorities to LIT have failed to move a brick.
On February 9 this year, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan wrote to the LIT executive officer to take immediate action. Then on February 2, 2015, the ADC (development) in a letter, number 5023, to LIT and MC Zone D asked for immediate action but with no results.
“The 22-metre patch of land was under dispute and encroached upon with sewerage lines and electricity poles but later LIT clarified that land belongs to the school. The boundary wall failed to come up as LIT has not demarcated the area from where we should start and end the boundary wall. The grant from SSA to build wall has been lying unused with us due to this. It is astonishing that for 41 years, MC or LIT has not bothered about security of students,” said Kusum Lata, principal of the school.
When contacted, Paramjeet Singh, executive officer, LIT, whose office is corresponding with the school in the matter, claimed he was not aware of the issue. “I got transferred few months back and I am not aware of the issue.”
R K Popli, LIT chairman, said, “I am handling additional charge and I will enquire about the case.”