Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2017-01-23 13:23 Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s decision to move pre-schools and child day care centres including Montessori schools from residential areas has upset women. The Palike claims that these are commercial activities, hence they be moved from residential areas. But this has not gone down well with thousands of women, especially working women, who send their kids to these centres, as they are away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Following complaints that a few corporate chains are running their pre-school Montessori in the residential areas – that are commercial in nature – the BBMP wants these centers to move to commercial zones, said sources close to the development. Parents claim that although they are commercial, the centres are considered safe. “They are part of our lives. Sending our kids to Montessories located in commercial area would be putting our children’s health at risk. Thanks to high level of pollution. If BBMP goes ahead with its decision of relocating all the child care centers to commercial zones working professionals will be the worst hit,” says Surya Kiran, a software professional. According to those who are run independent child care centers, they charge anywhere between Rs1,000 to Rs 2,000 per kid per month. “We can’t charge more besides not possible to admite more than 10 kids. We need to have a helper. It’s a source of living for many. But BBMP is harassing everyone,” says Gunamathi, who is running a child care centre in Chandra Layout. According to the DPI estimation, around 4,500 to 5,000 child care centers, pre-schools are operating in the residential areas of the city. Around 6 lakh children have enrolled in these centers and approximately 7,000 are employed in this sector. Meanwhile, Indian Montessori Centre, Malleswaram, Federation of Montessori Schools India, Dollars Colony and Karnataka Council of Pre-Schools Jayanagar have launched an online petition seeking intervention of the state education department over BBMP’s move. These petitioners are trying to create awareness among the parents and other stake holders to force the BBMP to roll back its proposal.