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How did The Pawar Public School move from Sangharsh Nagar to the Municipal Training Institute at Raheja Vihar?

How did ” The Pawar Public School” all operational at C/O D.B.S. REALITY OPP. BLDG. NO. 9, SANGHARSH NAGAR, CHANDIVALI, MUMBAI. (see pic at the end of the article) move to the Municipal Training Institute at Raheja Vihar Chandivili, almost overnite? Yes! we want the answer to this precise question.

A few days back Jahan Peston James a resident of Hillside Cooperative Housing Society Raheja Vihar Chandivili, woke up to see the the banners and board of ” The Pawar Public School” in the erswhile unused premises of the Municipal Training Institute at Raheja Vihar. As a concerned citizen he let us know, about this incident, which made us wonder the reasons for the ” The Pawar Public School ” shifting base to this property which is owned by the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai.

A school is always a welcome initiative in our neighborhood, as many parents are harrowed and left choice less when they have to take the most important decision of admitting their children to schools. But as vigilant citizens we also want to know that there is no malpractice involved when it comes to the utilization of Public resources.

Below is what Jahan writes


For close to 3 years, the local municipal corporation has left a fully constructed building of theirs abandoned, with no sign of it being utilized by them. However, in the past couple of days, under seemingly suspicious circumstances, this property has been taken over by Pawar Public School.

This school, was initially supposed to have been located at Sangarshnagar in Chandivali, but due to the indictment of Mr.Shahid Balwa, the DB Realty owned project was put aside. Now, in a private complex, within a certified Municipal Training Institute building, the school’s banners have been set up and work within the rooms has begun at an alarmingly quick rate.

This project seems to be in violation of numerous legislative codes, of which one’s unfortunately not aware. However, it is one’s duty to curb the blinding bureaucracy we face in these times, and stand up to protect our privacy and sanctity of mind. One hopes we as alert citizens can take this case forward to an appropriate legislative authority to unfurl the truth behind this transfer of Municipal Training property to a public school initiative within such a short period of time, and with no concrete details available to the general public.

Latest Update from Jahan : The building withing which I reside, Hillside Cooperative Housing Society, has formally lodged a complaint with the Police, The Department of Education and the BMC ‘L’ Ward. As of date, NO DISCERNIBLE ACTION has been taken by the Raheja Vihar Citizens Association. Due to the impending red-tapism we face, I’d hope we may be able to build up a little more of a campaign and shine this in the light of media in the future,whilst simultaneously utilize truth propagating tools such as an RTI or a PIL.

Jahan Peston Jamas of Raheja Vihar Powai has been involved as a leader from a very young age, while studying earlier at the Bombay Scottish Powai School, he has always been a captivating orator and prolific guide to those students under his wings. Jahan led more than a hundred ambassadors as part of the special task force organizing the Golden Jubilee celebrations along with Dr Indu Sahani the College Principal and sheriff of Mumbai.


Now we as citizens of Powai want to know a couple of things

1) What are the circumstances, under which the Municipal Corporation has rented/leased their premises to ” Pawar Public Charitable Trust” for operating the school under their premises.

2) Do you as a citizen of Raheja Vihar, welcome this school ?

Below is a snapshot of from the Pawar Public School website about the original location.

The Pawar Public School is managed by the Pawar Public Charitable Trust , The Pawar Public Charitable Trust, under the guidance of its Managing Trustee Mrs. Supriya Sule, is focused on the needs of the less privileged sections of the society.

18 Responses to How did The Pawar Public School move from Sangharsh Nagar to the Municipal Training Institute at Raheja Vihar?

  1. Madansinghpardeshi May 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Sir, I am resident of chandivali area , never dream of such unfair and illegal activity may come up , considering the locality .  I think it is wise and timely decision taken by the vigilant  group   to curb and avoid.the same..  

    • Ask May 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      I wonder where were this alert residents (are they selectively alert) when a popular school in the same campus in an arrogant manner refuses admissions to children of the complex, uses public grounds as school grounds and imposes traffic rules ???? I hear its only a temporary arrangement.

      The other argument I hear is that there will increase in traffic- OMG! why don’t these alert residents ask the builder to stop building multistoried buildings which in turn add traffic.  

      • Shamrao March 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

         “popular school in the same campus in an arrogant manner refuses admissions to children of the complex” -can you please add some light on this statement. Does that mean  Raheja children must have first right for admission in Raheja Complex Schools because they stay in Raheja??? Same law must be applied for higher studies-Engg, Medical colleges etc. Is there any higher education facilities in Raheja??

  2. Aaa June 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    The school is not a problem. The method it was done is. Please coorelate the fact that the partys corporator stays in Raheja Vihar, has got the school next to his place without consulting the residents who voted as a group for him. I guess he will realise that Raheja Vihar will not vote for his party in the next local elections

    • RVRESIDENT June 6, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      The question is gentleman where were the alert residents when the builder without making provisions for roads,etc started building multiple stories or where were these sensible civic society when the school in campus occupied public park or even imposed traffic rules- what suits you is not what you should fight for? In any case, this is only a temporary arrangement.

      • ASD April 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

        just for the sake of information- PPS has stuck to its stand- temporary arrangement. It’s moving out to its own building. Will Bombay Scottish School stop using public grounds as if it is owned by them?

    • RVresident June 13, 2011 at 7:51 am #

      this morning I hear RVSA wrote to PPS to defer commencement of school in name of safety. I wish they had written this to the other school too. SAFETY CANT BE SELECTIVE ISN’T IT??

    • Raj June 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      I think you should have raised this issue when the big playground in front of Scotish school was used to build a huge tower. While this was done no provision was made to improve the roads connecting to the main road. The BMC building was lying unoccupied for last 3 years so if PPS want to lease it for a year i don’t think it should be a problem. If its been leased for a Club, Casino etc i could understand the concern but for a school……
      I think there is some hidden agenda here.
      As it is we do not have choice for getting our children in schools here. You need luck and lots of other things to get into scottish, For Hiranandani school we need to live in one of the towers costing more than a crore,  that leaves us with Gopal Sharma who takes around 40000 as donation without a receipt and then fees for approx 35000/-.
      In this scenario we have a reputed school who do not take donation with fees around 40000/- and we have so many people raising an issue about it.

      I think these so called associations /groups who are protesting against the school are doing it with the backing of the school which will lose the donations from many students as we have another choice of school with us.

  3. Anonymous June 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    “..However, in the past couple of days, under seemingly suspicious
    circumstances, this property has been taken over by Pawar Public School..”

    What is “seemingly suspicious circumstance” ?  I don’t get what the whole cacophony is about. whats the problem with moving a school from one locality to other (and that too temporarily) ?  For all we know, it might be a private transaction, driven by a legitimate contract. I’m not sure if there is anything illegal ( or even unethical) in doing so.

    “..the school’s banners have been set up and work within the rooms has begun at an alarmingly quick rate..”

    I would think building a school quickly is a good thing ! And besides, we seem to forget that its putting a dilapidated facade to good work.

    “..This project seems to be in violation of numerous legislative codes.. ”

    Could you also enlighten us on the “numerous legislative codes” that are being are being violated ?

    Jahan, its extremely heartening to see young crusades like yourself take up and fight for public initiatives, but you seem to be digging in the wrong hole, my friend.

    This issue to me, seems more like an attack on Powar and his entourage, rather than to discuss the issue of a school. And honestly, even if Powar is pulling strings to get land (illegally) for a school, I seriously have no problem with that. Since the law is being circumvented in any case, its the wrong and ‘socially harmful’ deals that we should question and fight for.

    I know there is a certain level of hypocrisy in that statement, but in a nation with 142m illiterate children, ‘political correctness’ is a luxury we cant afford.

    • RV June 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      This is funny- RVSA claims it represents Raheja Vihar Residents- do they represent RV residents or the managing committee of each society which is supposed to manage only societal affairs? Anyway, I read in PP that the BMC could have rented to the existing school- what a joke? will it not cause traffic problems which would be permanent???

  4. faltukachra June 9, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Media is covering this issue on a blown out proportion , seems they are
    feeded by other schools & political parties , who had a stomach-ache
    for the massive response of parents for this reputed school.

    Many
    other schools in the vicinity have floundered civic rules, like
    occupying a Public Playground for parking their fleet of Buses, and
    utilising a public road opp the school, not allowing private vehicles
    over it. What this school wants is a year’s rented place, till they sort
    out their own premises being built. They have followed through legal
    provisions

    what say Activists, where were you when so many unauthorised things were happening around ?? 

    A question for Jahan Peston James (name itself is a confusion!) – when the school has set its big board announcing its name on the new premises, still if you are ‘seemingly suspicious’ , I think you are backed by some other ulterior motives, than just public interest.

    A note on PPS Trust – Just go there in rural Maharashtra and see the work they have done/doing for the really poor in rural places, you’d have to agree that is a a trust which works for the poor and the under-privileged. The only trouble with us is that, we dont see and appreciate the positive aspect of anything, but just a speck is sufficient to disgrace them ….and the totally maligned roam scot-free to twist laws.

    • Kasish June 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

      would media ( read NDTV ) question a school in the complex regarding its arrogant admission policies -90% of new students come from far off places by bus,car, auto which adds to traffic.

      • Raj June 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

        I thing you have wrong information. If you need to take admission in PPS Bhandup school you need to reside in Bhandup.

        • Kashish June 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

          i was referring to BSS in Raheja

          • Jack_dsouza March 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

            Mr.Kashish,
            100% of Raheja residents travel with their cars outside Raheja Complex for Business, Service,Shopping and what not. Are they not adding to traffic in Mumbai( Outside Raheja)?? You get water which comes from far flung areas of Thane and Nashik Districts, that is OK with you but no far off students acceptable. Stop this hipocracy. 

  5. Ceejay August 22, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    jealousy does not have any medicine.You should appreciate PPS school authorities, Teachers,Principal of PPS School and staff for quickly adjust with the situation and did the right thing at the right time.Mr Johan  need some counseling about positive thinking.Try to waste your time for some other good cause if you do not have any work.  

    • Afsgem November 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      yes u are right, where are these activists when mountains and greenery are destroyed to build concrete jungles, where are these so called environmentalists when hiranandani township was built by killing and murdering mother nature which was at its best a decade back. Really its so shameful that we can be just spectators to this brutality.

  6. Pqrs January 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    bombay scottish uses a public ground 4 activities ….  so  what  its  public…. they havnt ever claimed it…

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