Bhimtal: Lives of dozens of children studying in the elementary school in Mehra village of Haldwani is at risk as the building of the school is in dilapidated state and could collapse any moment.

However, it seems the state Education Department is probably waiting for the disaster before its takes appropriate action.

It would be too much for asking from the state government to renovate such buildings on a priority basis when it’s not taking the security arrangements for the students on a serious note. All this despite the school building is located in the area which is prone to landslides.

The primary school building is located barely kilometers away from the offices of the Education Department.

The building has grown old and the recent flash floods have left big cracks on the walls of the building. But even after eight months of the disasters, the shabby buildings are still crying for renovation.

Kuldeep Mahra, the village headman said that developments projects have been sent to the gram panchayat officials but are still pending for approval.

Meanwhile, Assistant Engineer of SSA, Gokul Negi said, “The repair work under provisions of natural disaster were not approved. New proposals have been sent under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which has not been approved as yet.”

(JPN/ Bureau)