A new building for Madhya Pangashia Government Primary School at Pangashia village in Dumki upazila of Patuakhali cannot start as two local influential men built a tin-shed house on a school land.
Classes for around 150 students of the 73-year-old school are running in a tin-shed house for two years after its old building, too unfit to use, was sold in auction, said Md Habibur Rahman, acting headmaster of the school.
Local Government Engineering Department earlier allocated fund for building a new schoolhouse and following a tender, a contractor got work order for it around six months ago, he said.
“But local influential men Md Zafor Hawlader and Md Belayet Hawlader on March 25 night built a tin-shed house on the school land that was selected for the new building. The occupiers are claiming ownership of the land and work of new schoolhouse could not start due to the situation,” he said.
Md Rafiqul Islam, chairman of the school managing committee, said the school is situated on a land comprising plots No 324, 128 and 3585, where the two occupiers do not have ownership of any portion.
“We submitted written complaint to the upazila primary education officer, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and Patuakhali deputy commissioner (DC). The DC has asked the Dumki UNO to take steps for removing the illegal structure from the school ground,” he said.
During a recent visit, this correspondent saw the new tin-shed house built beside toilets of the school, was locked.
Zafor Hawlader, one of alleged occupiers, said, “We are owners of half of the total land where the school is situated. We built house on our own land.”
Monilal Sikder, Dumki upazila primary education officer, said construction of new building could not start due to quarrel among land donors of the school.
“After investigating the matter, we submitted report to Dumki UNO with recommendation to remove the illegal structure from the school land,” he said.
UNO Shankar Kumar Biswas said he asked the upazila assistant commissioner (AC-Land) to take proper step after visiting the spot.
Dumki AC (Land) AL Imran said, “I am examining all the records and documents of the school’s land. Lawful steps will be taken in this regard.”