PUDUCHERRY: The old, abandoned school block of Government Primary School (GPS) at Periyar Nagar is reportedly being misused by anti-social elements for drinking liquor, urinating and other purpose at night.
After the construction of a new building on the premises of the old school in 2006, the school shifted to the new block. The classes as well as administrative offices have all been moved to the new building.
The vacant, old building comprising eight classrooms was no longer used and was kept for demolition since the asbestos roof had become dilapidated and may collapse any moment.
It’s been eight years, the building is yet to be demolished. Over the years, it has turned into a haven for anti-social elements at night. Broken liquor bottles, cans, wrappers can be seen scattered in the abandoned eight classrooms.
No one is really aware of what goes on in the school at night, which is near the new bus- stand. Besides, some of the rooms were being misused for urinating. The foul smell is nauseating for the students and unfortunately they have to eat their meal in such surroundings. There are 65 students attending classes from LKG to fifth standard. A senior faculty member of the school, on condition of anonymity, said,“I have written several times to the authorities, including the director of Education, PWD and the Home Department appraising them of the anti-social activities on in the old block , but so far no action has been taken.”
There is also the fear and concern among the students as the entrance to the new building is through the old block, which is littered with pieces of broken liquor bottles, but also the dilapidated roof could collapse anytime, he added. The delay in demolition is due to paucity of funds, sources said. According to rough estimates given by the PWD, a sum of `1.7 lakh is required for the work. If permission is granted, any private party can demolish it without charging a huge amount, said the faculty.
The demolition and clearance of space would also provide the school with a playground for the students which the school lacks at present. As per the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, playground in schools is a requirement under the Act.
When inquired, the director of School Education E Vallavan said,“ We sent a proposal to the government last month for demolition of the old block, for which approval is awaited.”