Howrah city police renovates dilapidated century-old school
Kolkata: Believe it or not, in just three years time, the Howrah city police as a part of its community policing has given a new lease
of life to a century-old school and transformed the area around it to a sports and cultural centre from its previous dumping ground like condition.
It came to the notice of the police in 2014 that the age old Madhyamik level school was in a dilapidated state and there were only five students studying in it.
The school was set up in 1891 in Central Howrah and many eminent people had studied in it.
But with the passage of time, for different reasons, the school turned to a dilapidated one. Moreover, the plot of around 2-acre, on a small part of which the school building was situated almost turned to a dumping ground and was becoming a den of anti-social activities.
The top brass of the Howrah city police then realised that the entire area needed to be transformed to a sports and cultural centre to check the anti-social activities and at the same time gave a new lease of life to the
century old school.
The police officers held a discussion with members of the trustee board of the school and a non-government organization that already runs a school.
According to an officer of the Howrah
city police, the entire area has been developed in the past three years.
Necessary renovation of the dilapidated school building was undertaken and around 3300 under privileged children study in the school.
More importantly, vocational training classes for women have been started and it takes place after the school gets over.
The entire area has been cleaned and besides giving it a face-lift, a sports academy has been set up where children from the entire locality are participating.
An auditorium named after Kalpana Chawla has also been set up where different cultural activities
will be carried out.
There is also a pond that was getting filled up. The pond has been cleaned under the state government's "Jal Dharo Jal Bharo" project and the process of turning it to a swimming pool has started.