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Identification and demolition of unsafe sevashram buildings ordered

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Oct 5:

ST and SC development commissioner cum secretary Santosh Sarangi has directed all district collectors to identify and demolish all unsafe and dangerous buildings and hostels of sevashram schools belonging to the ST and SC Development department on war footing in their respective districts and submit reports by November 5.

The commissioner’s directive came in view of several mishaps occurring in sevashram schools in the last five months.

However, nothing substantial has been done to prevent such occurrences despite several classroom and hostel buildings of the sevashram schools being declared unsafe in the past. The department had on several occasions earlier issued similar directives but without any follow-up action at the district level.

This time the commissioner in his directive to collectors has asked to constitute committees with engineers as members and go for fresh identification of unsafe and dangerous buildings and their immediate demolition.