SRINAGAR: Going against the Government of India’s wishes, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to not relocate the site for permanent campus of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) from Ganderbal. The ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) had asked for relocation of the campus to another site.
“The government will not relocate the site. It is working on removing the glitches to speed up the process for its construction,” Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Piyush Singla told Kashmir Reader.
The MHRD had earlier directed the J&K government to provide alternate land for construction of the permanent and also for stopping all constriction work that is going on at the site.
“The university had asked for more land whose site had been identified at Madanpora. Most of the required land has been acquired. As on date, there is nothing on cards about the relocation of the site,” Singla said. “Even the team of MHRD has decided to visit the site in February. The handover of some structures will likely take place.”
Conceived in 2009, work on the varsity campus has not yet started except for earth filling and construction of pre-engineered structures. The delay has led to the operation of the university from rented buildings at three locations in the Valley, for which it pays more than Rs 4 crore as rent annually.
The permanent campus will be spread over 4,000 kanals of lands which have been already transferred to the university in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The MHRD had initially asked the construction of Academic and Administrative Buildings, Libraries, Residential Quarters, Hostels, Guest Houses, Auditorium and Sports complex, according to a plan prepared by MHRD and Development/University Grants Commission. However, utilisation of money gives a sense of how much work has been done. So far, only about Rs 60 crore has been utilised out of the total Rs 152 crore.
What has led to the delay in the construction depends on whom you ask. Locals of Ganderbal believe that it was the administration which did not pay the appropriate value of the land. The Deputy Commissioner believes that it was the university’s laxity, while the university blames the administration.
As per locals, the dispute was with some farmers whose land falls in the periphery of the campus. The government, which is empowered to carry out construction by various laws in any circumstances, had said that the locals did not allow the construction, which has caused the delay.