DIET Pulwama waits for campus with completion nowhere in sight

DIET Pulwama waits for campus with completion nowhere in sight
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Pampore: The work of the new campus for District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIET), Pulwama coming up in Pampore town, has almost been “abandoned” from a couple of years even as the Institute is running from a cramped makeshift arrangement.
It is affecting the trainings imparted by the Institute to teachers from across Pulwama district.
Taken up in 2011, the project had been handed over to Roads and Buildings Department (R&B) at an estimated cost of around 4.78 Crore Rupees.
Seven years later only a super structure has been completed and work abandoned, while there are no signs of the project getting completed any time soon.
Sources in the DIET, Pulwama told Kashmir Reader that the project was being carried out just fine till at least 2014.
“However after the change of government in the state the project was deliberately or otherwise neglected,” sources said, adding that the project started facing paucity of funds under the present dispensation.
The Institute for now runs from a makeshift arrangement in the local Government Boys Higher Secondary School.
“Despite being sanctioned a new campus we are being forced to run from a cramped makeshift arrangement. It is harsh on the teachers who come for training as well as the staff of the DIET,” officials at the Institute told Kashmir Reader.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Pulwama, M A Salroo, also told Kashmir Reader that there has been a dearth of funds on the project.
“We have conveyed the issue to the higher authorities. Hopefully it will be resolved soon,” Salroo said.
The executing agency, R&B, meanwhile maintains that fresh tenders have been floated for the completion of remaining work after the earlier contractors were served a termination notice. “Funds were not being released to the contractor and he stopped working, following which his contract was terminated,” Executive Engineer of the R&B for Pulwama, Sajad Naquib, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the work is expected to be started in the first week of April.
“There is not much work left and hopefully it will be completed in a couple of months,” he said.