BALASORE: Blame it on lack of political will power or administrative negligence, the second Kendriya Vidyalaya at Balasore is yet to materialise even as the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), the apex body of the institution, had agreed to open the school three years back.
People were delighted when a team of officials of KVS (Bhubaneswar region) led by Assistant Commissioner R Kalavathi visited the district in May, 2011 to locate a suitable place where the school can function temporarily till its new building is constructed.
The team was satisfied with the facilities available at Barabati Girls’ High School here and agreed to submit their report to the KVS in favour of the place besides recommending to open the school from 2012
session. Though two years have passed since then, there has been no tangible progress.
The district administration had earmarked eight acres of land in Samalpur mauja on the outskirts of the town for the permanent structure of the school.
An official of Kendriya Vidyalaya-I, on condition of anonymity, said Balasore is one among six schools in Odisha and 54th in the country to be opened shortly.
Apart from the second school at Balasore, there are proposals to open such institutions at Jajpur Road, Hinjilicut in Ganjam district and Angul.
The proposal to set up the new schools has been approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee of the KVS.
“There was a notification in this regard in February and we had sent it to the Collector. We were also expecting a notification for the admission in the KV-II by end of last month. But no communication has reached us so far. If the advertisement is not published this month, we will lose another academic session,” he said.
Once opened, the KV-II will initially take admission for one section each from Class-I to Class-V and add one more Class every year.
Sources alleged that managements of some private schools here have been opposing the move for a second KV.
Though the administration had earmarked land for the school, it has not been handed over to the KVS yet.
A second KV is essential as the authorities of KV-I have been receiving hundreds of applications for admission every year.