After 4 years, abandoned Kupwara school bustles with students

A two-storey school building in Langate education zone of Kupwara has been made functional four years after it was abandoned by the school education department. The contractor had left the construction of the building mid-way, four years ago, following which the structure was abandoned. Greater Kashmir carried series of stories on abandoned school buildings following which Rs 40 thousand were sanctioned by school education department to complete the construction of the school building. “We got the additional funds for completion of pending works of the building to make it functional,” said a staff member of the school.

Earlier, the construction on the four-room double-storey school building of Government Upper Primary School (UPS) Rasripora was started in 2014 under erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) with a total project cost of Rs 19 lakhs. But the contractor stopped the work without fixing windows and doors of the building. The school was also without a proper approach road owing to which the students had to trespass through orchard or paddy field to reach the school. But, last month, the school was provided with an approach road by authorities from the revenue department.

There are around 1500 abandoned buildings which are not put to use by the department. Most of these buildings need additional funding of Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 to make them functional. “Our school building is an example. If department puts in little efforts, most of the abandoned schools will be made functional and students will get proper accommodation as well,” a teacher said.