The functioning of Central University campus in north Kashmir's district Ganderbal is likely to get further delayed as various locals are hampering the construction of structures on the campus.
For more than five years now the Central University of Kashmir (CUK), which was established in 2009, has been functioning from rented accommodations at three temporary places. At the proposed site of the university campus at Tulmulla in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district, except for two walls and a small university office, not a single structure has come up till now.
Officials blamed the local opposition at Ganderbal for the delay in construction work. "Opposition from some farmers whose land has been acquired is the main cause for the delay in construction work," they said. "Had there been no such opposition, the construction work would have progressed much earlier.''
The farmers whose land was acquired for the campus, claim to have been assured jobs in the university. "The authorities assured us a job to one member of each family whose land was acquired. However, the promise remains fulfilled," said Ghulam Muhammad, one of the locals.
He added that these families would continue to resist till they are being provided a job on the campus.
Since 2009 the varsity continues to operate from rented accommodations at three different locations – Magramal Bagh, Sonwar and Zainakote in Srinagar district—which has created a lot of inconvenience for the administration as well as for the students enrolled for higher studies in the university.
Officials said that that in order to get the campus operated shortly, the authorities started construction work on some prefabricated structures. "However, various local people forced the contractor to stop the work as they reiterated their demand for jobs," they added.
"It's very unfortunate that some locals have halted the work of this university and the government attitude towards this opposition seems very casual. Authorities should have sorted out issues with them at the very beginning when the construction was stopped," said Irfan Ahmad, a student.
Some local people from Kruhama and Baroosa village, who from time to time reportedly stage protests and hamper the construction work of the CUK campus, alleged that the promises made by state government have not been fulfilled yet. "The state government promised a government job to each family whose land has been acquired but no one was provided with any job," said Muhammad Maqbool, a local resident from Kurhama, Ganderbal who has given his land.
"We are making efforts to resolve the issue amicably. Things would be put on track shortly," said a senior district official of Ganderbal.