Ooty: Don’t take Nature for granted: Collector

People should do a rethink on construction activities

Udhagamandalam: The recent natural calamity which left a trail of death and destruction in various parts of the district should bring about an attitudinal change among people regarding construction, said the Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V. Patil while laying the foundation stone for a Science Laboratory at the Breeks Memorial Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School here on Monday.

Stating that the message conveyed by the happenings was “one can’t take chances with nature,’ he said that the natural disaster should be treated as a ‘big eye opener.’

Lessons should be learnt particularly by the younger generation.

Acknowledging with gratitude the gesture of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in considering favourably a request made by him to put up the building at a cost of Rs. 10, Mr. Patil who was also the ex-officio chairman of the school said that it will be ready for dedication by April 2010.

Pointing out that the HPCL had also responded commendably to a request made by the administration to prevent disruption in supply of petrol, diesel and gas during the natural calamity when many roads were damaged, he said that the administration can only appeal for assistance. It was up to those at the other end to rise to the occasion.

Exhorting the students to ‘aim high,’ he said that like famous institutions like the Doon School, the Breeks School should also produce achievers. The students should earn laurels for their Alma Mater and the country. Pointing out that the possibility of putting up an English Audio-Visual laboratory at the school would be explored, he expressed the hope that the alumni would extend a helping hand.

He disclosed that another sponsored project estimated to cost Rs. 10 lakhs was in the pipe line.

The Breeks All India Secondary School which was now functioning within the premises of the Breeks Memorial Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School will soon have a separate campus.

The Senior Regional Manager, HPCL, G.K.K.V. Umashankar said that as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility the company was extending assistance in many ways to various sections of the society.

Stating that the Collector’s request had been processed without delay, he said that the company was proud to be associated with the school which was over 130-years-old. Former student and chairman, Ambal Auto, K. Krishnakumar, stressed the importance of basic education and hoped that the students will come out with flying colours. The Headmaster N.Raman welcomed the gathering. A puja marked the occasion.

From THE HINDU

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