THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The decision has come as a breather for the Sree Moola Vilasom (SMV) School authorities, who were concerned over an encroachment which had carved away a part of the school compound.
Mayor K Chandrika summoned the officials of Zion Builders to the Corporation office on Monday and asked them to rebuild the compound wall of the school which was on the verge of collapse owing to a construction nearby. This paper had reported about the encroachment, which was threatening to swallow the compound wall and the 86-year-old canteen of the school.
The Mayor had reached the school on Saturday and reviewed the situation. She issued a stop memo to the ongoing works which have encroached into the school compound. “I summoned the builders. Then asked them to build the compound wall. They signed the agreement regarding this,” Chandrika said.
“They could continue the work only after building the compound wall,” she added.
School headmaster Sadananda Chettiyar expressed happiness over the Corporation move.
“The Mayor inspected the site on Saturday. I hope the construction will be made as early as possible. The place is still in a dangerous state. Students have been asked not to go there. If something happens, the canteen will collapse,” he said.
The school authorities had come to know about the encroachment only by the first week of February. The school authorities subsequently filed complaints with the Government, District Collector, Corporation etc over the works being carried out by the Attingal-based private construction company.
City Express had reported about the incident on February 16. The compound wall, some teak trees and the canteen are threatened owing to the works. The 86-year-old canteen serves free mid-day meals to more than 480 students.