New Delhi: The matter of irregularities in construction of MCD schools came into light when it was noted that classrooms are smaller in size in contrast to the standard ones. The MCD incurred a loss of Rs 7 crore after the classrooms in schools across13 zones were built smaller in size.

During the investigation, 13 schools were identified in which the classrooms constructed were smaller. A complaint has been sent to MCD Commissioner KS Mehra.

The benefit of RTE Act on students cannot be assessed, but it is surely becoming a breeding ground for irregularities in the name of constructing schools and the classrooms.

Following the implementation of the RTE Act, the expansion of schools began as more and more students got enrolled.

As per the Master Plan-2021, the classrooms are supposed to measure 20x22 square feet.

However, the report submitted by the Engineering Department stated that the rooms were smaller in size as per the standards. The small classrooms cannot accommodate 22 desks for 40 students.

According to Mehra, orders have been given for investigation and strict action will be taken against the departmental officer and the contractor, if the reports are true.

As per the engineering department, Rs 15 lakh can be saved if the classrooms are constructed smaller in size.

JPN/Bureau