Kalimpong, Aug. 19: The 500-odd primary students of Scottish University’s Mission Institution will soon have access to clean sanitation on the school premises through a rainwater harvesting system that will ensure uninterrupted supply of water.
The project, which entails a cost of Rs 10 lakh, is expected to be completed in six months. In all, 17 urinals and 10 toilets with modern amenities will be built. The rainwater harvesting units to be set up in the school compound as well as on the terrace of the nearby Disha building, which, like SUMI, is run by the Church of North India, will ensure uninterrupted supply of water.
The money for the project was raised by Rotary Club of Kelso in Scotland, Rotary Club of Kalimpong and Rotary Foundation.
The foundation stone for the construction of toilets, along with the rainwater harvesting system, was laid at a ceremony held in the institution here today.
Rajen Raghavan, the club’s public relations in-charge, said the club chose SUMI for the project in view of the school’s contribution in the field of education.
In its 117 years of existence, SUMI has been able to spread the light of education not only in Darjeeling and other parts of Bengal, but also in Northeast, Nepal and Bhutan.
Nava Ratna Pradhan, the principal of SUMI, has thanked Rotary Club for implementing the project in his institution. The primary school building and the facilities there are over 100 hundred years old and are badly in need of repair.
Rotary’s assistant district governor Rajesh Chhetri said children-centric projects were part of the thrust area identified by Rotary International in its Make Dreams Real theme for this year.