They may be ordinary looking buses, but they will soon turn into a centre of learning. Maharashtra government has decided to convert its scrapped state transport buses into schools for the children residing in the remote areas of the country.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to donate its scrapped buses so that they can be used as schools and libraries in tribal areas. This could be called a novel idea or a sheer experiment, but it has the potential to drive education straight into the heartlands of rural India.
Due to the many restrictions on the construction of buildings in forest areas, basic necessities like education often don’t reach a majority of the Scheduled Tribes residing in remote parts of the country.
But this move by the state government, to convert used buses into classes, could prove to be a landmark step in that direction. The announcement in this regard was made by State Transport Minister, Diwakar Raote.
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“When a bus has no use left and is converted into scrap, we will give it away in remote areas to be used as classroom for tribal students. The tyres will be removed from the bus, some facilities will be provided inside it to make a suitable classroom. It will be given a look which does not make it look like scrap,” said Raote.
He also added that the tyres of such buses can also be used to build walls of dams, in place of cement walls
Earlier the MSRTC used to sell this scrap and the money attained was added to the coffers of the Corporation. But this move of turning a redundant bus into a centre of learning would not only help the body fulfil its social responsibility, but it will also bring a smile on millions of young faces.