Marred by delays and controversies, the campus construction of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at Ganderbal has faced another road block as all the ongoing works have been stopped from last five months.
As all the earth filing and other permanent construction works have come to a grinding halt due to many reason including the ongoing unrest across Kashmir, the two pre-engineered building, which were coming up at the site have missed another deadline, as no work is going on that front as well.
Seven years down the line after the central government announced the establishment of two central universities in Jammu and Kashmir, a central university for Kashmir (CUK) that is being established in this central Kashmir and another central university for Jammu.
The construction work of the much awaited Central University of Kashmir (CUK) in Ganderbal district has witnessed inordinate delays, however, a major part of the construction work on the central university in Jammu has been already completed.
The delay in campus formation here are due to several reasons including land compensation issue, marshy land issue, tussle between some of the landowners and the authorities over employment issues. Established in 2009, for almost seven years now, the Central University has been functioning from rented accommodations at temporary places in Srinagar city or its outskirts thus spending huge amount on its rents.
Sources said that there are now fears that if the work doesn't start in near future some of the central government funds may get lapsed.
District administration has acquired 250 hectares of land, which falls in Kurhama, Tulmulla and Barsoo villages in Ganderbal however there has been no signs of any construction work for the permanent campus by now.
Sources in CUK said that in the first phase 110 kanals of land were taken up for construction purpose but some landowners had stopped the work. They said that though most of the issue have been sorted out now but due to unrest certain hitches the construction work could not be stopped.
Registrar CUK Prof Mohammad Afzal however said that the university authorities are desperate to have own campus and they are working very hard towards that end.
He said Vice Chancellor CUK hasseveral times met the locals and to clear their confusion and sought their support for establishing this prestigious institution which will serve them in the long run.
"In fact the university authorities told them that once the buildings come up, job opportunities can then be raised. We had scope to accommodate them in outsourcing, some non technical jobs but that can be possible only when the campus is first constructed. But they didn't agree and wanted to be employed before the construction could begin which is not possible right now" he added.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Tariq Hussain Ganie told Greater Kashmir that they have achieved a breakthrough and had sorted out most of the issues with the land owners and were hopeful that the construction work will start soon, however the construction work has come almost to a halt due to current unrest.
"We had some resistance earlier from the landowners mostly from Kurhama side where a major portion of CUK land lies, adding that the district administration met the locals and assured that their demands will be looked on priority" DC said.
DC further said that on the demand of some landowners about being employed in the varsity, a local committee will be formed to identify the people who will be employed, adding that a shortlist of those people will be forwarded to the university authorities and every deserving person will be adjusted after construction work starts.
On the issue of the opposition by locals on lifting the earth filling material from a nearby area Yangoora, DC said that they had identified a piece of state land at Yangoora which was feasible for it.