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Capital city gets sixth Kendriya Vidyalaya

Bhubaneswar, Oct 12: The city’s sixth Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) was inaugurated today by minister of state for school and mass education Pratap Jena.

The state government has sanctioned four acres of land for the proposed school building, which would come up near DAV Public School, Pokhariput.

The school, which has classes from I to V, with a total strength of 150 students, would temporarily function from Jagamara near Khandagiri Square.

For this purpose, the building of an upper primary school, which was in a dilapidated condition, has been renovated by the Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority at a cost of about Rs 8 lakh. The classes began here yesterday.

“We have proposed to the chief minister to establish more such KVs in the state,” said Jena.

Last month, one of the two sanctioned KVs — KV No.5 —had come up at Kalinganagar on four acres of land. Biju Janata Dal MLA Ashok Panda (Ekamra constituency), who was present at the inaugural ceremony, said: “We are fortunate that two KVs have been established in the Ekamra Assembly constituency.”

“The city’s peripheral areas and slum pockets will benefit greatly due to these schools. I wish more such schools come up in the city soon,” said Panda.

About 11 KVs have been proposed in the Bhubaneswar region.

With two Kendriya Vidyalayas already functioning at Cuttack, the remaining nine schools at Kutra in Sundargarh, Bhanjanagar, Digapahandi and Aska in Ganjam, Murgabadi in Mayurbhanj, and one each at Sonepur, Deogarh, Jajpur and Nuapada would soon be set up.

Secretary of mass education Aparajita Sarangi, Member of Parliament Prasanna Patsani, and local corporators were also present at today’s function.

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