MCD asked to demolish schools declared dangerous

The MCD has been directed to demolish 35 school buildings which were declared dangerous.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The Municipal
Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has been directed to immediately
demolish 35 school buildings which were declared dangerous two
years ago.

Issuing a notice to the MCD Commissioner, the Delhi
Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) also asked
the civic body to explain why there was a delay in demolition
of these school buildings.

"The Commission has viewed it as a serious matter and
has asked for immediate action by the concerned authorities of
the Engineering Department of MCD," a DCPCR spokesperson said.

The Commission has viewed it as a violation of section
9 of the RTE Act which earmarks the responsibility of the
concerned organisation to provide infrastructure including
building, teaching staff and learning material, besides taking
it as an apparent threat to lives of children studying in each
of these schools.

"The Commission has received information that some of
these buildings had been declared dangerous two years back,
yet the Engineering Department of MCD has not responded to
several requests from Education Department," the spokesperson
said.

The Commission has also asked the MCD to submit a list
of dangerous schools buildings along with a detailed report.

PTI