UNSAFE tag: Kendriya Vidyalaya II at Jagjivan Nagar in Dhanbad on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Guardians of Kendriya Vidyalaya II at Jagjivan Nagar in Dhanbad are up in arms against the management’s decision to shift the school to Vinod Nagar, 5km away from the existing campus.
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan was forced to take this decision as central public works department (CPWD) recently declared the school building — a BCCL property — unsafe.
Over 50 agitated parents on Thursday held a public meeting near the school. They unanimously decided not to allow functioning of the the cradle from Kendriya Vidyalaya I campus at Vinod Nagar.
Classes are supposed to start there from April 1.
According to the guardians, most of them are settled in and around Jagjivan Nagar and had admitted their wards to Kendriya Vidyalaya II owing to its proximity to their houses.
“Shifting the school to distant Vinod Nagar means an additional travelling of 5km every day to and from the new campus,” said one of the guardians Shivnath Dubey.
He instead suggested that the management should repair the existing building or construct a new one at nearby Sugiyadih locality to spare them the inconvenience.
Notably, Dhanbad district administration has already provided five acres to the school at Sugiyadih in 2013. But no work has taken place on the site due to procedural delays.
A delegation of the guardians later met BCCL general manager (administration) K.K. Singh and requested him to provide funds for the repair.
Singh assured to carry out an inspection on Friday.
Kendriya Vidyalaya II was established in Dhanbad on May 5, 2003. It used to function from a building provided by Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) at Saraidhela.
In January 2013, the school was shifted to an old and unused building of BCCL after the CPWD declared the DGMS property unsafe.
Unfortunately, in February 2014, the department gave the danger tag to the existing building too.
D. Manivannan, the deputy commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan’s regional office in Ranchi, then sent a directive to principal Surendra to carry out repairs before March 31 or shift the school to Kendriya Vidyalaya I campus.
The principal wrote to Dhanbad DC Prashant Kumar, urging him to take steps for repairs. Kumar’s request to BCCL authorities did not yield any response.