Friday, March 03, 2006

No schooling in residential areas after 30.4.2006

Chandigarh March 3:- The Chandigarh Administration has taken steps to create new school sites and additional capacity in existing schools in order to implement the decisions of the High Court regarding closure of schools running in residential areas.The High Powered Committee chaired by the Advisor to the Administrator has finalized a plan to achieve this objective and to ensure that no child would be affected by this move. The plan has found the approval of the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh.All schools running within the sector grid in residential area would be closed by 30.4.2006. These schools were violating zoning provisions and were operating from small buildings, which were not meant for running schools, thereby causing traffic problems and other nuisance in the adjoining areas. However, the Chandigarh Administration is fully geared up to cope with the situation arising out of the closure of such schools.All additional space in the existing Government schools has been reserved for such children. The additional enrolment capacity of 3000 students in various schools will be tapped. Two new Government schools will be made operational in sectors 38 (West) and 56 in the current year.Additional 20 class rooms in existing schools will be added. Government schools have been asked to run double shifts as per requirement in order to meet the additional load. Moreover, out of 36 new sites allotted, 32have become functional or will be made operational by April 2006,creating room for 15000 students. Further, seven new sites in the sector grid have been carved out in the new sectors to meet the increaseddemand.With regard to the 30 schools running in residential areas in Manimajra Township, the Committee decided to allow an extension of one more yearupto April, 2007, as Government schools are already stretched to capacityand are running double shifts even at present. Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation would immediately allocate new school sites in these areas.The Committee reviewed the position of schools in Rehabilitation colonies, illegal colonies and four villages included in the M.C. limits.The schools running in slum colonies cannot be closed as no alternate schools can be provided to the students who will be displaced due to the closure of schools. The Committee recommended one more year’s extension upto April, 2007 for this category of schools. Meanwhile, new Government schools are slated to come up in these areas. The Chandigarh Administration has already allowed running of Play Schools and Crechesfor children upto the age of six years in residential areas.The Committee also took stock of the schools being run in the Chandigarh Housing Board areas, in the colonies of Palsora, Dadumajra,Mauli Jagran, Indira Colony and Ram Darbar where there is no alternate school facility available. More Government schools will come up inthese sites to cater to the increasing demand.Further the lessees of allotted school sites would be asked to utilizethe balance FAR (Floor Area Ratio) within the period of 3-5 years ofallotment. This will result in creation of additional capacity in theseschools.It may be appreciated that the Administration is bound by the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to stop running of private schools in the residential areas. However, it will ensure that all arrangements would be made well in time to avoid any hardship to students who are likely to be displaced on this account.The number of new schools slated to come up as a result of these decisionswill add to the convenience of parents and students alike while helping to retain the planned character and architectural uniqueness of the City.
Chandigarh Desk


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