The students and teachers at government high school Sumbal in district Ganderbal decry a constant risk due to the presence of high tension wires crossing its premises.
“The HT lines crossing through our school premises pose a grave danger to the life of students and employees of the school,” a teacher said.
He said the school management had raised the issue with the senior functionaries of the power development department several times, “but the officials have paid no attention to our repeated pleas.”
“Since the lines lie very low, we stop the children from playing and walking in the school ground,” the teachers said adding that the lines “have suffered damage at many places and could break at any moment.”
According to the locals, the HT lines are attached to the wooden electric poles which are also in a dilapidated condition. “The poles can break anytime and can cause a major tragedy,” the residents said.
“We fail to understand as to why the PDD officials don’t shift the lines,” the teachers, as well as the parents, said.
PDD assistant executive engineer Kangan, Nisar Ahmed said they have already submitted a proposal for shifting of “all such lines passing over several school buildings” to the deputy commissioner Ganderbal.
“The lines will be relocated after approval,” Ahmed said.