New Delhi: Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is contemplating on using the buildings of 17 closed schools of the urban local body to set up libraries and old age homes. 

Out of the 1746 schools of MCD, 17 were closed in 2008 due to the decreasing number of students. Presently, most of the school buildings are in a dilapidated condition, and are in an urgent need of renovation.

After a hiatus of three years, MCD has come up with a plan to renovate the buildings of these closed schools and use them as library and old age homes. Prior to giving a nod to the project, MCD will seek the opinion of people and thereafter get the proposal approved from the general house of the urban body.

MCD Education Committee, Chairman, Mahendra Nagpal said, “We have plans to start libraries and old age homes in some of the closed buildings of MCD.” He claimed that efforts are being made to start with the project at the earliest.

The major cause behind the closure of 17 MCD run schools was the large scale migration of slum residents who had made temporary settlements near the school building. Due to the migration of slum residents, the number of students in these 17 schools went down considerably.

In 2008, MCD schools were closed in several city areas including Sadar Paharganj, City Zone, Karol Bagh Zone, LIG building colony Dus, Roshanpura, Nai Sadak, Imperial Bank, More Sarai Fatehpuri, 6 TUTI Chowk, Ghee Mandi, Chuna Mandi, Mantola, Gali Pahiye Wali, and Dal Mandi.

( JPN/Bureau)