Gaimukh school inaugurated OCTROI POST TURNED INTO SCHOOL
The school at the Gaimukh octroi post was inaugurated on Thursday evening by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta Fadnavis.
From Friday, 150 students from classes one to seven will start attending school here.
As the existing school building was dilapidated, construction inside a deserted octroi naka was the only option.
“School no. 97 in Gaimukh village was conducted in rented rooms. It did not have proper infrastructure. During high tide at monsoon, water from the creek would enter the school. Due to CRZ restrictions we were unable to construct a new building,” said Manish Joshi, education officer.
In addition to classrooms, it has a computer library and a kitchen to cook mid-day meals for the students.
“The school will have an energy-efficient building and digital classrooms. Several NGOs and corporates have adopted it and will act as mentors,” added Joshi.
Octroi posts in the city were shut down almost two years ago when octroi was abolished. Most of them were deserted, while a few flourished as places for drugaddicts to meet.
The Thane Municipal Corporation decided to use these spaces for parking.
However, the project failed as the posts were considered inaccessible due to their distance from the city.