Ludhiana, April 9 -- Unable to meet their fixed monthly expenditure amid the lockdown, at least 40% of the pre-schools and day-care centres in Ludhiana shut down over the last one year.

The schools had remained closed for almost 11 months due to the lockdown and had reopened in February this year, but the state government had to order another closure on March 13 in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Before the lockdown in March 2020, the city had around 150 pre-schools. A large number of these pre-schools were situated in Dugri, Civil Lines and South City, and had to bring their shutters down as they were unable to meet the fixed monthly expenses. Many owners said that the exorbitant rent was the main impediment.

As per preschool own...