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Safety tag cancels school shift plan

There’s good news for 278 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya II, Jagjivan Nagar in Dhanbad. Thanks to its building getting a safety certificate from central public works department (CPWD), the school would not be shifted to its Kendriya Vidyalaya I campus at Vinod Nagar, 5km away, at least for now.

On being informed of the safety tag, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan’s regional office in Ranchi agreed to let the Jagjivan Nagar school run from its present building, a property of public sector company Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), for at least one more year.

“We got the safety certificate from CPWD yesterday (Thursday) and a verbal nod from our regional deputy commissioner D. Manivannan today (Friday) to continue to run the school from the existing building,” Kendriya Vidyalaya II principal Surendra said.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan was earlier forced to take a decision of shifting the school to Kendriya Vidyalaya I campus at Vinod Nagar from April 1 as CPWD had declared the school building — a BCCL property — unsafe.

But guardians had strongly opposed the move claiming most of them were settled in and around Jagjivan Nagar and had admitted their wards to Kendriya Vidyalaya II owing to its proximity.

“Shifting the school to distant Vinod Nagar means an additional commuting of 5km every day to and from the new campus,” one of the guardians Shivnath Dubey had said during a public meeting near the school on March 20.

A delegation of guardians had met BCCL general manager (administration) K.K. Singh and requested him to give funds for the repair of the school building.

In response, the BCCL carried out repairs at the building from March 22 to 24.

Executive engineer of CPWD Alok Srivastava then made a fresh inspection of the repaired school building on March 26.

A satisfied Srivastava issued the safety certificate on Thursday.

The guardians on Friday held a meeting in front of the school building, where they discussed the safety aspect of their wards and expressed relief over the decision to not shift the cradle.

In this one year, the school would construct a new building on five acres at Sabalpur, 2km from Jagjivan Nagar.

“We have sent a reminder to the district administration to hand us over the feasibility report for the project,” Surendra added.

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