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30 school principals from Malvani on hunger strike

Mumbai,Kranti Vibhute: Thirty principals from schools in Malad’s Malvani area went on hunger strike on Wednesday. The principals are protesting against the demolition notices which their schools got from the bmc, Mhada and collector’s offices, which said the schools were illegal.

Principals of various schools in Malwani sit in a hunger strike on Wednesday. Fariha Farooqui
Principals of various schools in Malwani sit in a hunger strike on Wednesday. Fariha Farooqui

Thirteen schools in Malvani were declared illegal, of which seven got demolition notices.

The notices were sent in accordance with court orders issued in a Public Interest Litigation filed by Ali Asgar Mohammed Tahsildar in 2012. The court in its order has asked the respondents to file their reply in a period of two weeks.

Tahsildar said, “The reason I filed PIL is because the schools are built on stilts, which is dangerous for children and staff.”

According to Tahsildar, 6 schools are on collector’s land, 1 is on Mhada land, 1 on BMC land and rest in a no-development zone.

The principals’ association got a stay order on demolitions from the High Court on July 3. The matter is now kept for final hearing on July 13.

Simson K, Principal of Holy Angel High School said, “We have 3,000 students studying in our school right now. We want the government to regularise our schools.”

Firoz Shaikh, principal of Utkarsh High School said, “Our schools have got no-objection certificates from BMC as well as primary and secondary school education departments. How can the court come out with orders to demolish our schools?”

According to Simson K, the schools were built on land meant for residences, not for schools, which is why they have been declared illegal.

The schools whose principals participated in the agitation were shut from Monday to Wednesday. The schools will have re-opened today (Thursday) for students, but the principals will continue to be on hunger strike.

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