The Bahanaga High School in Balasore, Odisha, which had temporarily served as a mortuary for the victims of a tragic triple train accident, has been demolished. The demolition work took place in the presence of the school managing committee (SMC) members and Public Works Department officials. The decision to demolish the building and construct a new one was prompted by the students’ refusal to return to classes at the school.
Following a devastating triple train crash that claimed the lives of 288 people, Bahanaga High School was transformed into a makeshift morgue to accommodate the bodies of the victims. However, the teachers and students expressed their reluctance to resume classes in a building associated with the tragic incident. In response, the state government was urged by the teachers to demolish the existing structure and rebuild it anew.
The demolition work was carried out with the participation of the school managing committee (SMC) members and officials from the Public Works Department. The district collector, Dattatraya Bhausaheb Shinde, visited the school upon the instructions of the school and mass education department. He met with the members of the school management committee, headmistress, staff, and local residents to address their concerns. The aim of the demolition and reconstruction is to alleviate the students’ fears and ensure their willingness to attend classes without apprehension.
Students and Parents’ Apprehension
Although the bodies had been relocated to Bhubaneswar, and the school premises were thoroughly sanitized and cleaned, the students and their parents continued to feel uneasy. The memories of the bodies being kept in their school building proved difficult to forget, leading to the students’ refusal to attend school and the parents’ reluctance to send their children to the educational institution.
Efforts to Encourage Students and Parents
To address the negative sentiments and prevent any dropouts due to the incident, Bishnu Charan Sutar, the District Education Officer (DEO) of Balasore, organized a meeting with the school’s alumni members. The purpose of the meeting was to provide encouragement and support to the students and parents, assuring them that steps would be taken to ensure their safety and well-being. The DEO emphasized the commitment to prevent any negative impact on the students’ education.
In conclusion, the Bahanaga High School in Balasore, Odisha, which had served as a temporary mortuary for the victims of a tragic train accident, has been demolished. The decision to demolish the building and construct a new one was made in response to the students’ and parents’ apprehensions. Efforts are being made to address their concerns and ensure the students’ continued education in a safe and secure environment.
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