Staff alarmed at upcoming sub-standard school building

Staff alarmed at upcoming sub-standard school building

Kupwara: The staff of a government school in Kupwara is aghast at the ‘substandard’ quality of an under-construction building meant for the school.
Local residents and staff of Government High School Budnamal, 40 km from Kupwara, told Kashmir Reader that the new building, which was still under construction, had already developed cracks in its walls and the concrete ceiling.
Ali Mohammad, Headmaster of the school, told Kashmir Reader that the work on the new building for the school, approved under RMSA scheme, began in 2010, but “only one story has been completed so far, in which very substandard material has been used.”
“It is visible that the constructed building has developed major cracks in ceiling and walls, because contractor used mud and low cost material in construction,” Ali Mohammad said.
Officials say that despite complaints to concerned authorities, no action has been taken so far.
“We cannot run a school in such poorly constructed building. Many times I requested officials to stop the construction and order a probe but nothing happened,” Zonal Education Officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan said.
Khan said that he had visited the construction site himself and found the building unsafe, as it was badly damaged.
“I think the contractor has political influence that is why officials are silent, otherwise this is a criminal act,” ZEO said.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, GH Mohammad Dar told Kashmir Reader that he had assumed the charge only few days ago, but would look into the matter.
“I assure you that this matter will be taken seriously and will not allow such to happen. Guilty will be punished,” Dar said.

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