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NURMAHAL The Punjab school education department has initiated the process to restart the construction work of the incomplete building of Nurmahal Senior Secondary School (Co-Education) after directions from the Punjab chief minister officer (CMO).

Assistant director (estate and infra) in the office of the director-general school education Punjab in an official communication to Dilbag Singh, a social activist, and resident of Baina Pur village, said that to start the construction of SSSS Nurmahal (Jalandhar) a process of obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) (Government of India) has been initiated.

It said that after obtaining NOC from ASI in this case necessary action will be taken to start the construction of SSSS Nurmahal.

 The Punjab chief minister officer (CMO)has directed the principal secretary school education department to act upon Nurmahal area residents’ demand to restart the construction work of the incomplete building of Nurmahal Senior Secondary School.

In a written communication to the principal secretary school education department, the superintendent of the general branch of CMO has said that Dilbag Singh’s representation addressed to chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann is sent to you and you are requested to act upon it as per government norms and inform the applicant in this regard.

 Dilbag Singh in his representation to CM on March 25 has said that decision of the school education secretary to close the construction work is unfortunate and equal to destroying the future of students.

Dilbag Singh said the school education secretary took this decision after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) issued a notice to the department in connection with illegal construction within 200 meters radius of Historical Nurmahal Sarai a protected Nation Monument.

Dilbag Singh said that the construction of buildings within a radius of two hundred meters is completed after getting permission from ASI or without any permission.

He has said that taking permission for the construction of a school building was the responsibility of the education department.

It is pertinent to mention here that the construction of the new building of the Government Senior secondary school(co-education) had come to standstill following the non-release of funds by the government.

The then   Nakodar MLA Gurpart Singh Wadala on December 14, 2016, had laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new building.

A new building became a necessity of time as the school was facing a shortage of classrooms after the demolition of the condemned building in 2012.  Non-Residents Indians (NRI) and the state government jointly made efforts to start the construction of a new building for which Nagar council had donated 14 kanals and 17 marlas land to the education department. NRI Raj Nayyar had donated Rs 10 lakh for the construction of the school building

The director-general of school education (DGSE) had released Rs1.14 crore for the construction of the building in October 2013, following directions from the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Public Works Department  Executive engineer Balbir Singh said in 2016 that the two-story building will be completed within six months. He had said that the department has obtained the bearing capacity certificate of land from Guru Nanak Engineering College Ludhiana as the construction site was a pond. He had said that the Jalandhar deputy commissioner had informed that he had received Rs 1.50 crore for the construction announced by the chief minister during his Sangat Darshan here.

Fifty percent of construction work has been completed

Dilbag Singh has urged CM to cancel the school education department’s decision to stop the construction and order to restart it and inquiry into this decision of the school education department to stop work.

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