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Bellampalli Residential School students forced to sleep on ground

Mancherial: Over half of the total students, studying at Telangana State Residential School of Bellampalli (for boys), are forced to sleep on the ground in their classrooms, owing to insufficient dormitories.

They are struggling to cope with decreasing temperatures being registered here over the past few weeks, besides inadequate basic amenities. Despite multiple challenges, the students continue to perform well in academics.

The institution was established on a closed chemical factory of Bellampalli in 1983. It was then shifted to present premises on the outskirts of Gurijala village on the outskirts of the town in 2000. However, it has not been equipped with infrastructure from the inception, causing inconvenience to students.

Containing strength of around 450 students, it has no sufficient dormitories, bathrooms, toilets and drinking water facilities.

The school has only one dormitory, which does not have iron cots, can accommodate barely 120 students. As a result, the remaining have to sleep on the ground in various specious classrooms by keeping tables and benches aside. “It is a nightmarish experience to sleep on the floor during monsoon and winter. In particular, we are deprived of enough sleep as the ground gets cold due to cold climate,” P Anil, a Class X student and S Ramcharan, Class IX, said.

Similarly, the students are competing with each other to take bath due to inadequate bathrooms. Poor drinking water facilities too add to the woes. The school has just one borewell and a water purifier. But it has no overhead tank. In the case of power cut, the inmates form serpentine queues at a hand-pump in front of the institution.

S Satyanarayana, principal, told ‘Telangana Today’ that they had represented the matter to higher authorities of Telangana State Residential Educational Institutions Society several times and local legislator, seeking funds for better infrastructure, including dormitories. But, no funds were granted for creating the facilities so far except Rs 1.80 crore for a dining hall and compound wall in 2016, he regretted.

Until 2016, the students were dining on the corridors and the food was cooked outside on the campus, braving rains and cool weather. “We finally managed to get a dining hall. But, infrastructure of the institution is yet to be bettered. However, the institution registered top position in Class X results among the schools of the society in the 2016-17 academic year,” Satyanarayana added.

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from Telangana – Telangana Today

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