Aban­doned oc­troi post turns into TMC school

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

From next week, the deso­late oc­troi post on the Gaimukh Ghod­bun­der Road in the city will be abuzz with chil­dren as the civic body has de­cided to run a school from the ren­o­vated build­ing.

The school up to Class 7 will have four class­rooms, a com­puter li­brary and a kitchen to cook mid-day meal and will ac­com­mo­date 150 stu­dents. Ear­lier, it was op­er­at­ing from a rented prop­erty in Gaimukh Reti­bun­der.

The oc­troi posts in the city were closed af­ter duty was abol­ished two years ago.

Con­sid­er­ing that the de­serted build­ings had turned into a den for drug-ad­dicts, the TMC de­cided to use the space for park­ing, but the project never took off due to in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity of these posts from the city. Out of to­tal 20 oc­troi posts in Thane, eight have enough space for de­vel­op­ment, a civic of­fi­cial said.

“The num­ber of civic school The oc­troi post on Gaimukh Ghod­bun­der Road was spruced up for a civic school which will have classes till class 7.

build­ings is fewer than the num­ber of schools. At times, two schools are held in the same build­ing. The build­ing which housed the Gaimukh Reti­bun­der school was a rented prop­erty. The num­ber of class­rooms in this build­ing was fewer while there were no toi­lets,” said an ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

The idea that the oc­troi post

could be con­verted into a school was coined by Art of Liv­ing which will adopt 10 civic schools.

“We liked the idea and the TMC com­mis­sioner gave per­son­nel at­ten­tion to de­tails while con­vert­ing the oc­troi build­ing into a school. We con­verted the four rooms into four class­rooms, one into a com­puter lab and li­brary, and the last room into a kitchen,” the of­fi­cer said.

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