Three civic schools in Bhi­wandi to be razed

1,507 stu­dents shifted to an­other build­ing; mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion to check sta­bil­ity other schools af­ter Sun­day’s build­ing col­lapse

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Af­ter Sun­day’s build­ing col­lapse in Bhi­wandi, three di­lap­i­dated civic-run schools will be de­mol­ished soon.

Eight peo­ple died and 22 in­jured when the three-storey build­ing came crash­ing down on Sun­day. Since, the in­ci­dent, the is­sue of dan­ger­ous build­ings have come to the fore front.

The Bhi­wandi-Nizam­pur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BNMC) is on its toes to evac­u­ate dan­ger­ous build­ings and de­mol­ish them. But, it said the school stu­dents had been shifted to a new build­ing three weeks ago.

Su­nil Jhalke, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, BNMC, said: “Among the three civic run schools, school num­ber 16 and 28 are Marathi medium while school num­ber 38 is Tel­ugu medium. “

“Around 1,460 stu­dents from the Marathi schools and 47 from Tel­ugu medium school at Sangam­pada have been shifted to Sant Sur­ish­war Hall where classes are be­ing con­ducted,” he said.

There are more than 75 mu­nic­i­pal schools un­der Bhi­wandi-Nizam­pur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

“We had done struc­tural au­dit of all the schools. The three schools have been ear­marked for de­mo­li­tion which would be done in a day or two,” said Jhalke.

The cor­po­ra­tion had ap­pointed a panel of en­gi­neers to con­duct struc­tural au­dit of the schools.

“As Sant Sur­ish­war Hall is only five min­utes away from the schools, we didn’t face any re­sis­tance from stu­dents and par­ents,” he added.

Sant Sur­ish­war Hall is owned by the civic cor­po­ra­tion so till the new build­ing is ready, stu­dents will have classes here.

Jhalke said it will take time to con­struct the new build­ing and there is no dead­line.

“As soon as the old build­ing is de­mol­ished, we will start con­struct­ing. We will en­sure that stu­dents get all fa­cil­i­ties in the new premises,” he said.

The of­fi­cials will visit other schools again and check their sta­bil­ity. Kabir Seth build­ing, which col­lapsed on Sun­day, be­ing de­mol­ished on Wed­nes­day. The ex­tremely dan­ger­ous civic-run school at Sangam­pada in Bhi­wandi will be pulled down.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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