Pune Municipal Corporation schools prepared for housing homeless during coronavirus lockdown

Prajakta Joshi
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

The teachers and principals of these schools, as well as the officials of PMC’s Education Department, have been assigned the duty of coordinating the situation.

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) schools have prepared themselves to house the daily wage labourers and homeless people in the city during the coronavirus lockdown period. PMC, on Saturday, had issued an order to convert 15 schools run by the Corporation into shelters.

The teachers and principals of these schools, as well as the officials of PMC’s Education Department, have been assigned the duty of coordinating the situation.

“The people have arrived at the centre at around noon on Monday; they are still settling. The arrangement for meals was already made, they will start getting tea and snacks from Wednesday now,” said Meena Palaskar of Annasaheb Patil Prathmik Vidyalaya (PMC School No. 139B) in Shastrinagar, Kothrud.

As per the guidelines issued to them, the coordinators were strictly keeping only four-six people in a single room, depending on the size of the room. It was seen that family members could stay together.

“The PMC Education Department has arranged for mattresses, pillows, bedsheets and blankets from contractors. We have around 41 people with us now, but we are prepared for more,” said Shankar Mandave of PMC’s Education Department. 

He has been supervising at the Samrat Ashok Vidyamandir (PMC School No. 117B) in Karvenagar along with a couple of other new schools.

The coordinating teachers, at some centres, are still waiting for some of the supplies.

“We needed blankets for the people at our centre. We also needed masks and sanitisers. The Ward Office is making arrangements for those,” Palaskar said.

Along with the first 15 schools, several other PMC schools have also been readied for housing the homeless, in case more people need shelters in the upcoming days.

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