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Deputy CM asks for daily report on classroom construction work

NEW DELHI: After a surprise inspection at four government schools of South Delhi where construction of 164 classrooms is going on, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia instructed the officials to send images of the progress of the work to him in a daily basis. "I want daily progress in pictures from each of these four schools and please escalate if the work stops even for a day," he said.

The Deputy CM who also holds the portfolio of education minister visited these schools to review the progress made in the construction of classrooms in various schools of South Delhi as a part of the plan of Delhi government to build 13,003 classrooms in Delhi government schools within this year.

"Four schools, 164 classrooms under construction — Pushed team to plan in such a way, that there is more open space in the middle, for various activities. That was about the morning visit today in #DelhiGovtSchools in Pushp Vihar, Shahpur Jat, Safdarjung Enclave & Greenpark Ext," tweeted Deputy CM Sisodia.

While talking to the Principals and the PWD architects he insisted on decluttering government schools by keeping an open space between the newly constructed campus, for various activities in the future. The principals took his inputs to rethink the design with the architects in the school at Shahpur Jat.

On MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj's inputs, a swimming pool is being planned in the school. The Deputy CM instructed to take up the construction of the already sanctioned swimming pool in Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Shahpur Jat.

"The completion of the construction of classrooms will enable thousands of students to study, who may probably be out of schools right now, many more lives to come out of the illiteracy and open new avenues for success in their lives," said an official.

The AAP government has already made nearly 8,000 new classrooms in various government schools.

"More than 8,000 new classrooms have been built in Delhi government schools. Construction of 11,000 has been started while the tender for 1,000 has been floated," Manish Sisodia had said earlier.

The Delhi government's target is to build 12,748 new rooms including around 10,000 classrooms in its schools. According to a government statement, the entire project will incur a cost of around Rs 2,892 crore.

The cabinet, in last year July, sanctioned construction of a total 12,748 rooms in Delhi government schools, including 9,981 classrooms, 106 multipurpose halls and 328 laboratories. It also includes 204 libraries, principal, vice principal and staff rooms, as well as 1,067 toilet blocks.

Construction of these rooms will incur an estimated cost of Rs 2,892.65 crore. This will include Rs 1,300 crore in the current financial year and Rs 1,562.65 crore during 2019-20 fiscal. The PWD is the executing agency for the project, according to a government statement.

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