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New lease of life for Chashma Building Girls School

New Delhi: Chashma Building in Ballimaran, a Muslim dominated locality in which Government Girls Senior Secondary School is housed was declared by CPWD  (Central Public Works Department) about a year ago a very old and dangerous building. With this the future of its girl students, almost all of whom are Muslim appeared to be dark as the building was likely to be demolished after getting the school vacated.

Different people began to make their own plans for occupying the plot on which the building stood. Whereas police department was planning to build a police post, land mafia was planning to acquire it and build a multi-storied housing or office complex, some private individuals too wanted to build a multi-storied apartment building and to earn huge amounts of money either by selling the flats or giving them on rent.

Local MLA, Haroon Yusuf who is a minister in the Delhi government was very keen to preserve the historical character of this building and the School so that the education of Muslim girls of the locality would not be jeopardised. Because of his sustained efforts and assistance from Delhi’s education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal who represents this locality in Chandni Chowk area in Lok Sabha, Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) which comes under his (Haroon)’s ministry of industry, (in addition to food and civil supplies), the plans of all the others at the cost of the School were foiled and large scale repair and renovation work to rebuild and strengthen the Chashma Building has been undertaken.

The rebuilt and renovated Building was inaugurated in the presence of Kapil Sibal, Haroon Yusuf, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Ballimaran area’s Councillor Mrs Renuka Gupta, P. Krishnamurthy, Director of Delhi government’s Directorate of Education, Chetan B. Saanghli, Mg. Director of DSIDC and many others on 7 February. Other construction work is going on at a feverish speed. It is expected that by the time the new session of the School starts from 1 May, the repair and renovation work of Chashma Building School will be completed and the education of girl students will no longer be in jeopardy.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 21

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