Polytechnic college Kupwara awaits completion for 7 years

Seven years have passed but Government polytechnic college in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district still awaits completion even as absence of infrastructure takes a heavy toll on the academics of the enrolled students.

The construction of the college campus was started in 2012 at Karihama area, some six kilometers from Kupwara town, presently the college is functioning in a rented building at Bumhama.

The enrolled students said that their studies suffer in absence of the needed infrastructure besides a full college campus. “Even we remain deprived of the most needed practical work,” said a student enrolled in 6th Semester.

The buildings are yet to be completed as the executing agency JKPCC is executing the construction at slow pace.

Principal of the college, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, told Greater Kashmir, “From November last year the work is halted and in May they have started the work but at slow pace. I asked Deputy General Manager JKPCC unit Kupwara why the building was not handed over to us in March according to the deadline, he told me that due to heavy snowfall in winters they were not able to continue the work.”

“They (JKPCC) are hoping the buildings will be handed over in September this year but as per the work they are executing it does not seem that we will shift their this year,” the principal lamented.