7 years on, GMS Salwah lies incomplete

Highlighting official apathy, the construction work of Government Middle School, Salwah, in Mendhar, lies incomplete since the past seven years, with locals now demanding a probe into the utilisation of funds for the work executed.

At present, 59 students are enrolled in the middle school, which has seven teachers posted in it.

The school was started in 1977 as a primary school and was upgraded to middle school-level in 2004, while the construction work for a new block of the school building was started in 2012 at an estimated cost of about Rs 9.5 lakhs.

The local sarpanch, Mohammad Yousuf, said, “The work, which was started in 2012, has been left midway. Three rooms have been constructed only upto roof level, with the further execution of work has been lying pending since years.”

He added that the toilet complex constructed in school lies in an unusable condition.

The sarpanch alongwith other locals demanded that a probe should be conducted into the matter, to ascertain the cause leading to delay in completion of construction work.

On being contacted, deputy chief education officer Mendhar, Lal Hussain, said that he will personally visit the school campus to inquire the issue. He assured that the matter will be taken up on priority.