Hubballi’s 156-Year-Old Kannada School to be Demolished for Car Parking

Hubballi's Heritage in Reverse Gear: 156-Year-Old School Faces Demolition for Car Park
Hubballi's 156-Year-Old School Replaced by Parking Garage

The fate of a 156-year-old government school in Hubballi is uncertain as it faces demolition for a multi-level car parking project. The school, which has produced many eminent alumni, is in a dilapidated condition and needs urgent renovation. However, the land on which it stands is mired in legal disputes, making it difficult for the authorities to construct a new building.

According to a report by The Times of India, the school in Girani Chal on Karwar Road has a strength of 31 students from classes one to five. The school building, which was last renovated more than 35 years ago, has a leaking roof that is covered with a sheet. A few NGOs have built an additional room for the children, but the government has not taken any steps to improve the infrastructure.

The school is one of the oldest in the city and has been imparting education to the underprivileged sections of society for over a century. Some of the notable alumni of the school include minister Shankar Patil Munenakoppa, HDMC corporator Mangalamma Mohan Hiremani, and former MLA Veeranna Mattikatti.

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However, the school’s future is in jeopardy as the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) has proposed to demolish it to construct a multi-level car parking facility. The project is part of the Smart City Mission and aims to ease the traffic congestion in the area.

The school authorities and the local residents have opposed the move and demanded that the school be shifted to another location before any demolition takes place. They have also appealed to the government to intervene and save the heritage institution from being razed.

“We are not against development, but we want our school to be preserved. It is not just a building, but a symbol of our history and culture. We request the government to relocate the school to a nearby place and provide better facilities for the students,” said Ramesh Patil, a former student and a member of the School Development Monitoring Committee (SDMC).

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