Torrential monsoon rains lashed the megapolis and its neighboring areas, flooding streets, rail tracks and crippling life in the city. The downpour — the highest of the season so far in a day — caused traffic jams as many roads and streets were flooded and people were seen wading through knee-deep water. Education minister Vinod Tawde announced school holiday at 11:33 AM and soon started to receive the wrath of residents. The residents were angry as schools were the only safe place in these terrible floods. They want the minister to open all schools and keep children there for the next 4-5 days.
It is to be seen if Vinod Tawde will take the decision back or not. But there were many scenes outside schools where parents were not willing to take their kids back to school. In fact, the parents who have not started sending their kids to school have also started sending them to school. Some parents filled the admission form today itself so that kids can start going to school from tomorrow. Shwetank Srivastava is one such parent. Shwetank spoke to our reporters and had this to say, ” We live in a low lying area named NallaSopara. Schools are the only safe place in such areas. My house is filled with water and we are not expecting any respite for the next 3-4 days. I appeal to the lawmakers of Maharashtra that make school going compulsory for our students at least for the monsoon season. After that, they may shut down schools whenever they want, we don’t have any issue.”
Shwetank has a valid point and we wish the government is all ears for the issues he raised. Meanwhile, we urge all parents to please send kids to the nearest school available and save them from floods.