7 years on, girls' hostel remains a mirage

It’s been seven years since the work to build a girls hostel for students of the Government First Grade College here began, but there is no sign of it getting over anytime soon.

The college is the only such government institution in Kushalnagar and Suntikoppa, and draws students from various parts of the district. Mangalore University authorities had decided to build a girls hostel for the benefit of female students who travel long distance to attend college.

A sum of Rs 40 lakh was sanctioned to build the hostel to accommodate 50-60 students. The contractor was given a year to finish the construction.

But seven years have passed and the hostel is only half-ready. Some of the windowpanes and doors have broken, and walls are replete with crevices.

The kitchen and the compound wall are yet to be built. There is no sign of water or electricity connection.

Rameena, a second-year BCom student, said, “I travel from Koothi village near Somwarpet, which is about 45 km from the college. I stand to benefit if the hostel is completed at the earliest.”

Prof H K Keshavaiah, the principal, said construction could resume if funds were released. He said that he had written to the authorities concerned to finish the works at the earliest.

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