Around 80 per cent of work of geo-mapping the city's 900 kindergartens has been completed, stated the BMC. The civic body has undertaken the survey so as to collate data for providing amenities to students and even starting a new kindergarten if there is a need.
The BMC has appointed teachers and trained them for uploading the survey data, collected on several parameters, on the state government’s portal.
Speaking about the digitally-advanced project, BMC joint commissioner Ajit Kumbhar said, “With the help of geo-mapping, we will know about the surroundings of kindergartens. The survey will help us to identify if there is a need for a nursery school depending on the ward’s population.”
He further said that there are state-run kindergartens in Mumbai, too. However, the state needs to take permission from the Centre for starting a new kindergarten. But the BMC has no such restriction as the civic body can independently start such schools, he underlined. “The data collected for kindergarten run by the state and BMC will be consolidated. And, decisions will be taken accordingly,” he said.
The survey will also help to know if there is proper infra and basic amenities like drinking water and toilets. Hence, adequate budgetary provision could be made based on the statistical facts, Kumbhar added.