Express initiative: In disaster zone, you're helping build classrooms, labs

Kedarnath TempleThe Kedarnath Temple submerged during the rain and landslides that wreaked havoc earlier this year (IR photo)

On June 21, as the extent of the devastation caused by rain and landslides in Uttarakhand became evident, The Indian Express announced the Express Citizens' Relief Fund to help those affected by the tragedy. Over the next few months, contributions poured in to the Fund from readers of The Indian Express — concerned individuals and institutions who were moved to do their bit for the victims of the catastrophe.

Now, six months after the disaster, The Indian Express Citizen's Relief Fund, which is registered as a trust under the Indian Trusts Act, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Uttarakhand government to help build a new wing of the Government Inter College campus at Triyuginarayan in the worst-hit Kedar valley.

The new building will have at least 12 classrooms and three science laboratories. The state government will give Rs 1.2 crore of the estimated Rs 3.2-crore cost of the project; the rest will be provided by the Fund. The Fund will also bring in technical resources required for the initiative.

The government will create the general conditions to ensure that the work progresses smoothly and on schedule. It will set up a five-member committee headed by the district magistrate of Rudraprayag to provide administrative support and review the progress of the work.

As per the MoU, the Trust will hand over the first phase of the building and other assets by December 31, 2014. The MoU, which was signed on December 6, will be valid until December 2015.

"The Indian Express Group has always provided a helping hand to people in distress, which has earned them admiration. This noble gesture of adopting a school in the Kedarnath valley will give a healing touch to the people of the area, especially the children," Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said.

Readers of The Indian Express have repeatedly demonstrated their generosity and largeheartedness in times of natural disasters in the past. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, they contributed over Rs 1.27 crore to the relief fund, which paid for 12 ultra modern ambulances for EMRI, Chennai.

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