CONSTRUCTION of the 82-year-old SJK(T) Ladang Minyak at Bestari Jaya in Serendah has finally taken off now that the tug-of-war between the parents and a private landowner is resolved.
The owner of a neighbouring land where the school is situated, who had initially denied a contractor access through his plot, has allowed entry for construction works to take place.
R.V. Global Sdn Bhd, which owns the land, claimed the contractor had no approval to build the school and denied permission to the contractor to start work.
The company blocked the entrance by barricading the area.
However, the company changed its stand after it was proved that the contractor had the approval required for the construction of the school.
Government-appointed contractor Urus B Pertiwi Sdn Bhd has since started land-clearing work at the site.
The school is being built under the licence of the SJK(T) Ladang Minyak Kuala Selangor which is left with few pupils after the estate land was sold for development.
Urus B. Pertiwi Sdn Bhd managing director V. Manogaran said the project would be completed in 15 months.
He said the project comprised four blocks of three-storey buildings and a canteen.
“I hope we will not face anymore obstacles and the project will proceed smoothly,” he said
The school’s board of governors treasure and, spokesman S. Suresh said the Indian community in Serendah was very excited about the proposed new school as it would be the first in the area.
Currently, he said,parents were burdened with high schoolbus fares as the nearest Tamil school was in Rawang.
“The bus fare from Serendah to Rawang is RM120 per child and it is taking a toll on parents who have more than one schoolgoing child.
“We are looking forward to the school being built,” he said.
R.V. Global director A. Ramarao said he had no objection to the construction of the school as the contractor had obtained the required approvals.
The Government allocated RM6.4mil, much higher than the original RM2mil budget to build the new three-storey school with 36 classrooms.
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said last year, the contractor would be given 24 months to complete the project, and said he would personally ensure the deadline was met.