Eight classrooms turned into hotel rooms with all facilities like LCD TV,refrigerator and air conditioner,and an extra expenditure of around Rs 20 lakh incurred to renovate eight classrooms and a hall into perfect venue for social gatherings. This,despite the fact that Aggar Nagar colony,one of the poshest in Ludhiana,already has a 12-room community centre and a big hall in Block B.
On Sunday,PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon inaugurated the new community centre in Block A of the colony which was a nursery branch for kids of Tagore Public School,the school which had been running since 1975 and managed by the Ludhiana Aggarwal Co-operative House Building Society Limited. However,the society since the new session in April this year has shifted the children of school from classes nursery to UKG to the main branch and thus started the work of turning the school building into a community centre.
The society is going to to elect seven members of the managing committee on September 15,and this is being seen as one of the tactics by the present members to voo the members of the society.
However,when contacted,the managing committee members termed it a commercial venture to increase the income of the society. The committee has already started the bookings for the rooms at a rate of Rs 1,000 per day for the society members and Rs 1,200 per day for outsiders.
Amrit Lal Aggarwal,one of the most senior members of the society and close aide of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,said,Actually,the strength of the students was getting less in nursery school and thus we decided to shift them to the main branch. Now we have fully furnished all the rooms at a cost of Rs 20 lakh,and bookings are on for them. The demand for such rooms was also increasing for family functions and festivals.
Krishan Kumar,manager of the society,and Sunil Kumar Goel,a member of the committee,also said the strength of students was less and thus the school was converted into community centre. Neither of them was able to answer as to why efforts were not made by the society to bring more children to the school.
However,the development has not gone down well with the residents of Aggar Nagar. The standard of the education in this school has fallen down with each passing year because management is not at all serious about the school. They are into money-minting from various sources. Had some efforts been made towards improving education in the school,strength would have increased. Even if the strength was less,turning a school building into a hotel is not acceptable and just one of the tactics for coming elections, said a resident of the area.