Berhampur, July 26 (LocalWire): Berhampur University today decided to stop the allotment of hostels to the new inmates after the girls’ hostel collapsed yesterday.
‘We will not allot the hostel to the new inmates till the completion of the safety audit of the building,’ said warden of hostels, Bhagirathi Panigrahy. He said the students who are already housed in the hostels would not be vacated at present.
‘We have formed an internal committee to audit the safety of all hostel buildings in the university.
The committee will submit its report in ten days,’ said registrar of the university Ranjan Kumar Biswal.
Since the members of the committee are not experts to inspect the technical aspects of the buildings, we have requested the district Collector, Vijay Amruta Kulange, to depute some engineers of the road and building (R&B) department to conduct safety audit of the hostel buildings, said the registrar.
There are 14 hostels, including eight girls’ hostels in the university with accommodation capacity of around 1200 students.
Presently, around 700 students are staying in different hostels, as the admission of the first year post-graduate students is yet to be completed.
A meeting of superintendents and assistant superintendents of all hostels was held today after a portion of the 30-year old Saberi, one of the girls’ hostel, collapsed.
All inmates of Saberi hostel have been shifted to Chilika, another girls’ hostel which was lying vacant since first year students have not yet been admitted.
The warden said despite repairs during summer vacations, and the hostel appearing good from the exterior, it still collapsed.
Meanwhile, the district administration deputed two engineers, the executive engineers of the District Rural Development Agency and Rural Development to inquiry into the cause of the collapse of the hostel building.
‘They have conducted an inquiry into the mishap and will submit their report to the district Collector,’ said the registrar.