4 years on, government yet to clear additional land for CUK

Srinagar: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) is awaiting allotment of 1,000 kanals additional land promised to it by the Jammu and Kashmir government four years ago, officials said.
The land could have significantly helped in expansion of the varsity, which is currently functioning out of scattered buildings in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal.
The proposed land identified in the vicinity of the varsity’s Tulmulla campus in Ganderbal was promised by the then government in 2015.
However, the CUK is yet to acquire the land, vice chancellor CUK, Prof Meraj-ud-Din Mir told Kashmir Reader.
He said that last meeting occurred during the erstwhile state governor SP Malik’s term wherein the district administration was asked to identify the land.
But it has not been done so far, the VC added.
“We have not yet been intimated about the actual site, but it is supposed to be within 4km radius of the Tulmulla campus,” Prof Mehraj added.
The land, he said, would help in cutting foundation cost of buildings that has exponentially shot up at the campus due to its marshy nature.
Initial estimates suggest that the costs have risen by 40 percent after soil test confirmed the nature of the land affecting the overall construction work. Subsequently, a tranche of funds released by government of India has remained unspent.

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