Incomplete girls hostel has students in trouble

Doors of toilets, bathrooms are damaged, solar panels have been removed

Students at the hostel for tribal girls at Thithimathi near here are spending their days in misery.

The construction work, which started some three years ago, has not been completed, thanks to the apathy of the officials concerned.

After the completion of the ground floor, the students were accommodated in the building. Soon after that, the construction of the first floor and other necessary buildings were taken up. However, they have not been completed, causing hardships to students.

The work contract was awarded to Nirmithi Kendra and the contractors have left without completing the building works. The structure has no pillar and the poor quality of construction is visible. Even proper curing was not done while building the hostel.

The hollow cement blocks used for the construction of walls of the building were not of good quality. The workers have not laid the slab for the first floor, making life miserable for students. They have to use plastic covers to save themselves during rain as top portion of the roof had been chipped for taking up the construction of the first floor.

As there was no concrete slab for the first floor, water was leaking. According to an estimate, not even 25 per cent work has been completed.

For construction work, solar panels installed for water heaters have been removed, forcing the students to take bath with cold water.

At a few places, the doors of toilets and bathrooms are broken. “No officer has turned up so far to inspect the condition of this hostel,” complained a student’s parent Jenu Kuruba Kyatha.

As many as 47 girl students, who are economically poor, have no other option but to live in this hostel for pursuing free education.

Zilla panchayat member B N Prithyu complained that despite raising the issue several times in ZP meetings, the department concerned has done nothing to complete the works. The ZP members will fight against the poor work, he warned.

ITDP officer L G Ganti said that the project contract was given to Nirmithi Kendra and the contract amount is Rs 77 lakh.

A notice has been issued to the contractor through the deputy commissioner to start the work within 15 days, failing which the contractor has to return the contract amount.

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