The new wing of the Government Intermediate College (GIC) at Triyuginarayan village in Kedar Valley got a roof over its ground floor on Wednesday, exactly eight months since its foundation laying ceremony on March 15.
The Indian Express Citizens’ Relief Fund, which is registered as a trust under the Indian Trusts Act, had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Uttarakhand government to help build this wing of the college. The proposed four-storey structure will be able to accommodate 12 classrooms and three science laboratories.
Kedar Valley had faced the maximum impact of the June 2013 Uttarakhand disaster. Triyuginarayan village, which is close to the China border, had lost 12 persons. Soon after the devastation caused by rain and landslides, The Indian Express had announced the Citizen’s Relief Fund to help to help those affected. Several Express readers have contributed to this fund.
“I am very happy with the pace of construction work despite adverse geographical condition here. It’s like dream come true,” said Anita Bindola, currently Principal-in-charge of the GIC. Ramchandra Semwal, a member of the chhatra panchayat, said it was a tough task to transport construction material to this site as it is located at a height of about 8,000 feet above sea level.
The GIC has currently 222 students of which 101 are girls. This is the only GIC within a radius of about 12 km and thus caters to the needs of students from several villages such as Toshi, Jhosi, Majhosi, Kemra and Hutti.
Head of Express Archives and Corporate Social Responsibility Swadesh Talwar, who was with builder Paramjeet Singh, said that the building will be ready by the next session in March. “Much depends on the weather and cooperation of the state government. We are committed to complete this building at the earliest,” Talwar said while reiterating his promise to build a structure that would suit the local climate.
As per the MoU, the state government will give Rs 1.2 crore of the estimated Rs 3.2 crore cost of the project, while the rest will be provided by the Fund. “We are waiting for the release of Rs 1.2 crore by the state government,” Talwar said. The wing has been designed by the Chandigarh-based Saakaar Foundation.
Rudraprayag DM Raghav Langer said he was satisfied with the pace of construction work. “I really appreciate The Indian Express for its dedication. This is for a good cause. I hope that state government soon releases its share in this project,” Raghav said over the phone.
In the past, the Express group has taken several such initiatives, including construction of 12-room Express Building block in Bihar’s Saharsa district and a 14-classrooom Express Block at a government school in Himachal Pradesh.