High Court Cracks Whip Against Schools In Residential Colonies In UP

LUCKNOW || The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has summoned the Lucknow Development Authority on a PIL filed against the permission to run educational institutions in residential areas of the city.

The court said that if the LDA does not produce a complete reply till the next hearing, then a heavy penalty will be imposed against it. The next hearing of the case will be held after four weeks. The order was passed by a bench of Justice Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal and Justice Karunesh Singh Pawar on a PIL filed by Sachchidanand.

On April 5 2019, the court had requested the reply from the state government, LDA and other opposition on the petition. On the not so responsive nature, the court had shown strictness during the hearing on February 3 and said that if the answer is not received by the next hearing, the LDA VC will have to appear in court personally.

At the same time, the High Court is expressing resentment, on the one hand, on the other hand, the condition is that there is no rule of any kind in the state for opening playschools and coaching institutes which continue to mushroom in several pockets.

Schools are being run in an arbitrary fashion in residential areas. There is also no control on fees, how should the children get facilities, measures for the safety of students among other aspects. This remains the case when LDA schemes reserve plots for educational institutions. However, with the negligence of officers, educational institutions among densely populated localities remains a cause of much discussions in the city.

Rules are laid down in the master plan for commercial establishments. Schools have now started opening from houses. According to one figure, there are about 25 to 30 schools, coaching centres in every area of the city. Most of which are running in residential areas.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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