From ET Realty
NOIDA: Forty-eight schools and creches are up and running at the builder sites of Noida and Noida Extension. The Noida sectors covered are 77, 78, 79, the rest are in Noida extension. Over the last three months, the city magistrate’s office in collaboration with Credai, Western UP, has pushed and implemented on site education facility for all construction workers working in Noida and Noida Extension. Creche for pre-school level children have also been started.
An onsite medical facility with regular health checkup of construction workers, especially expecting mothers have also been implemented. Each school cum creche hosts 50 to 100 children depending on the density of children at a particular site. The move by the city administration has apparently cut down accidental incidents on builder sites dramatically.
“This has been one of our major welfare programme so far for people who come from outside the state to work on construction sites. It is important that we provide amenities for proper socialization of the children growing here, because if they stay back, they are the future of this city, and with a focus on long-term welfare, we must provide basic education and health facilities to those who are migrating here for work,” District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh told TOI.
The programme has been supported by Credai Western UP. “Though creches were running at various places previously, after the initiative of the city administration, the drive has been envigorated. Teachers are employed on site; we have recruited people who are educated enough to teach small children,” Deepak Kapoor, President Credai Western UP, said.
The drive has been useful in containing hazards at the construction sites. Reports of accidents of children at the sites have reduced dramatically. It is now mandatory for all builders to open creches and schools for children at the builder sites and provide a safe environment for children while the parents are working. Outsiders do not have an emotional connect with a city, so it is important that we at least give them the basics so they can safely work here” Singh added.
Any construction site in Noida, Greater Noida which has women and small children will compulsorily have to provide creche, a basic school and medical check-ups of workers.