SRINAGAR: The National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) has failed to complete and handover two pre-engineered buildings (PEB) for the Central University of Kashmir, for which it had set a six month timeline, three years back.
The NBCC, which has been working on the entire construction work at the CUK’s Tulmulla campus, had started work the on two PEB structures in 2015, and given a word to CUK administration about completing it is six months, CUK Vice Chancellor, Prof Meraj ud Din Mir, said.
“They have not handed over the buildings in time. They could not keep their commitment,” Prof Mir added.
Despite meeting the NBCC chairman in New Delhi to discuss the issue recently, Prof Mir said “nothing has come out so far”.
The VC informed that even former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, former governor N N Vohra and ex-chief secretary B B Vyas, who is currently advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik, had intervened in the matter, “but they could not keep their commitment”.
The university has now shifted two of its departments, IT & SS, and Physics, in the incomplete buildings.
“After three-and-a-half years, we have, without proper take over, shifted two departments to the smaller building,” Prof Mir informed.
He said that the contractor had “under the camouflage of theft, removed the construction material from the site”.
“Although some of their payment is pending with us, but we had given them word that the money would be released once they started the work on the buildings,” he said.
“Obviously, I could not release the amount unless they mobilised the work,” he added.
Officials at the NBCC could not be contacted for comments.