School in Uri yet to be reconstructed, 14 years after quake damage

School in Uri yet to be reconstructed, 14 years after quake damage

Students taking classes in rented tin shed

Baramulla: A school building in Nambla village of Uri, which was damaged in 2005 Kashmir earthquake, is yet to be reconstructed.
Fourteen years on, students are taking classes in a rented tin shed, for which the department has not paid the rent to owner for several years.
Residents of Nambla said that few months after the 2005 earthquake in which the Government Primary School Nambla A was damaged, the Education department started reconstruction of the building.
However, few months later the contractor stopped the work citing pending payments. Since then, residents said the building remains abandoned, while the students take classes in a one-room tin shed owned by a local resident, for which the Education department has failed to release monthly rent of Rs 120 since 2011.
“There are over 30 boys and girls in classes 1st to 5th studying, there is office in one corner, and students in another, you can imagine the situation,” a local resident said, adding that because of lack of proper accommodation, many students prefer other schools.
“We approached concerned departments so many times and all the officers including in district administration Baramulla assured us that they will complete the building very soon but with no results on ground,” another resident said.
Students of the school said that with five classes running they can hardly understand what is going on.
“We can’t understand what teachers are teaching us because of noise, so we want the department should complete our school building as soon as possible,” a girl student of the school said.
The villagers appealed district administration and Governor to take necessary steps to complete the building.