Water commission summons owner of private school

KARACHI: The Supreme Court-mandated Commission on Water and Sanitation summoned on Monday the owner of a private school built near the sewerage plant on November 5.
The commission directed the other party to provide a copy of the complaint.
The commission had earlier issued notices to the school, Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) Association, and others in previous hearings of the case.
The school was built in place of the company.
However, he mentioned that opening a school in an industrial area is against the law.
The sewerage waste of S3 plant lies at the posterior end of the school.
The report regarding the provision of clean drinking water in all schools of Sindh was also submitted and made part of the record.
The report further stated that a survey of 5,929 government schools of Sindh has been completed, out of which 4,466 schools had access to clean drinking water.
The remaining schools will be provided with clean water by December 2018.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2018.

Pomfret, Putnam close in on sewer deal

POMFRET — Pomfret officials on Monday cleared a major hurdle to the construction of a long-planned sewer line aimed at hooking in two private schools and a local business to a municipal system.
The Board of Selectmen voted to approve a sewer use agreement with the town of Putnam to accept any wastewater generated by the Pomfret and Rectory schools and Loos & Co., an aircraft and wire manufacturer, once a $7.5 million sewer line and pump station project is finished.
Pomfret First Selectman Craig Baldwin acknowledged the approval process for the project has taken some time.
“It’s been a long process,” he said.
“But that happens when it involves two towns, two lawyers, water pollution control authorities, a mayor and first selectman,” he said.
The two private schools have failing sewer systems and requested to hook into the municipal system.
Private schools are not eligible for federal grants, so the town was named the project’s administrator, though the schools and Loos & Co. will be responsible for paying back the loan.
The agreement, which still must be approved by Putnam residents at town meeting, states Putnam will own the section of line running through its borders, though Pomfret is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure.
“A bill based on flow rate will be sent quarterly to the Pomfret Water Pollution Control Authority, which would then be responsible for sending out its own bill to users.” Baldwin said he’s waiting for final permit approval from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection before the project goes out to bid.
“Optimistically, we could start some work this year and finish next fall,” he said.

Fee hike: Parents form human chain

Fee hike: Parents form human chain.
Haryana Mukesh Tandon Panipat, April 10 Enraged over the hike in fees and annual funds by private schools, parents of students formed a human chain here today.
They gathered under the banner of the Panipat Parents Association at a local market to oppose the private schools’ move.
The parents protested against the fee hike, annual charges, development charges, smart classroom charges and other funds by private schools.
The protesting parents formed a human chain for more than an hour.
Rakesh Chugh, vice-president of the PPA, said all schools were under the state education policy and norms and they were bound to obey norms of the Education Department.
Rohan Goyal, secretary of the PPA, urged parents not to hand over vehicles to teenagers because it was dangerous for children as well as other commuters.
Private schools oppose order to install sewage treatment plants Faridabad: The state Pollution Control Board has directed private schools to install sewage treatment plants (STP) on their premises to prevent water wastage.
No school in the district has such a facility at present, it is revealed.
While the demand of STP in educational institutions was not a new norm under the Pollution Control Act, no school in the city had established one, they claimed.