Built decade ago, School building at Shiekhpora Anantnag lies abandoned


Anantnag, Jan 28: A school building constructed more than a decade ago in Shiekhpora village of Shangas continued to lie abandoned as the authorities at the education department failed to shift the institute from an old space-starved building.


The building for the Government Middle School Shiekhpora was sanctioned in the year 2010 and was completed in 2012 at the cost of Rs ten lakh.


The building has seven spacious and well ventilated classrooms with an enrollment of over 100 students in nine classes.


However, ten years after its completion, the building is lying abandoned. “The building was meant for the middle school. But the irony is that the authorities after spending huge amount on its construction abandoned the same as a result of which the school continues to function from the old building,” locals complained.


The old school building has only four small rooms with one of them being used for office purposes. It also does not have a playground.


“One fails to understand the wisdom behind not shifting the school from an old space starved building to a new one with a capacity to accommodate all classes. We many a time approached the authorities in this regard but they seem to be least bothered,” said the locals.


Since the building lies abandoned for ten years, locals said, most of its windows and doors have been damaged.


Repeated attempts to reach Chief Education Officer (CEO), Anantnag for his version proved futile as he did not respond to calls.


However, a Zonal level official requesting anonymity said that the school building has been constructed at the hilly patch of land where there is possibility of land sliding.


“Chief Education Officer recently directed the zonal education officer to look into the matter. We then visited the school building and found that it is not safe for children as there is a possibility of land erosion,” the official said.


Asked why such a location was chosen for the school building then, the official said that the construction of the building had been actually politicized over a decade ago.


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