Gaimukh school in­au­gu­rated OCTROI POST TURNED INTO SCHOOL

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

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.

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