3 months on, authorities fail to shift students from unsafe school building

Over three hundred students risk their life daily in Government Middle School Kahra of Sub Division Goundoh , district Doda , the building of which was badly damaged due to landslides three months back and has become unsafe.
3 months on, authorities fail to shift students from unsafe school building
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Over three hundred students risk their life daily in Government Middle School Kahra of Sub Division Goundoh , district Doda , the building of which was badly damaged due to landslides three months back and has become unsafe. 

Locals said that the heavy landslide hit the roof of the school building following which two of its rooms were fully damaged and the remaining three suffered partial damage. "A visit to the school the school presents an horrible scene with the students  taking class amid huge boulders   still present on the roof of partially caved in rooms and heaps of debris laying around" they said. 

The  residents  lamented that they approached to Chief Education Officer Doda and concerned Zonal Education Officer  several times to request for the shifting of school to safer place till the building was repaired, but nothing was done. "The concerned authorities seem to not much concerned about the precious lives of children,  they added. 

They have lamented that the entire school building has developed  cracks and become unsafe for housing  classes.  

Locals informed that the school has more then 300 strength and now only three classrooms are available for them including one office, they added.  

"We are thankful to almighty that when the slide hit the building, the school was off and there were no person otherwise, the story would have been different considering the scale of damage to the building"  said a senior citizen of the village  Maqbool Ahmed.  

"The building is unsafe and it shakes even when some heavy motor vehicle passes in front of the building.  If earthquake hit the area, the building could completely cave-in which is a dangerous  situation  for students and staff members" he added further.  

He said that the locals have requested to concerned authorities to shift the school to safer place but no action has been taken so far.  

"We are sending our children to this school on risk. The whole building can  collapse anytime but authorities are in deep slumber,"  said   another local resident.  

When Greater Kashmir contacted Chief Education Officer Doda,  he did not pick up the call. 

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