Cuttack, July 6 (LocalWire): Lack of sufficient funds from the state government has restrained Ravenshaw University from resolving the long-drawn water-logging problem plaguing the campus, subjecting students and staffs to perennial inconvenience.
The 86-acre Ravenshaw University campus comprising over 3,000 students in 12 hostels, and the staff quarters have been water-logged after the recent downpour in Cuttack following the low-pressure and southwest monsoon.
With admission season still on, students from different districts visiting the university to take entrance examination have also reported facing problems due to the half-drowned campus roads.
The campus hostel boarders and the on-campus staff have also expressed their concern about the long-pending water-logging issue in the university campus that is causing inconvenience to all, with the physically impaired students suffering the most.
While a management staff blamed the improper drainage facilities as the key reason for the water logging in the campus, students blame the management of turning deaf-ear to their request to contain the situation.
Speaking to LocalWire University registrar Ashok Kumar Dash said that the water-logging problem in the campus was due to a structural fault.
“As Ravenshaw campus is at a lower level than the main drainage system, the only possible way to drain the logged water out is either evaporation or percolation,” he explained.
He further informed that the water-logging issue had accentuated only after the JICA system was introduced on the campus.
“They dug drains for the campus that were lower than the main drainage channel, thus choking the campus channels,” he said.
“We sought around Rs 10 crore from the state government to fix the drainage problem on the campus but were sanctioned only Rs 1 crore and hence we could not proceed further as no agency was willing to work at such a low cost. So the project remains unimplemented,” Dash said.