Hostels empty, ousted hostellers fume
The sacrifice made by the Delhi University students, who were asked to vacate their hostel rooms to make way for the Games guests, seems to have gone in vain.
With just three days to go for the Games, the hostels are still awaiting for their first guest. None of the hostels in Delhi University have had any guests so far, despite the rate of each room being reduced from R 500 to R250.
To make matters worse, the Organising Committee said that it never wanted those hostel rooms for the guests. “We never made any request for rooms from the university,” said a senior official from the accommodations sector of OC.
Sources said that the request for rooms was initiated by the Lieutenant Governor’s office. However, the officials denied it.
“We never made any such request,” said Ranjan Mukherjee, officer on special duty to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
College officials said the OC was involved in the process throughout. “We had a meeting with UGC officials in which representatives from the UGC, Ministry of Human Resource Development and OC were also present,” said Rajendra Prasad, Principal, Ramjas College.
The college officials are, meanwhile, waiting for the guests to turn up. “We were told that friends and family of players and spectators would be housed in the hostel rooms. The rooms are ready, but there has been no booking so far,” said Chandrachur Singh, warden, Hindu College.
Students from various DU colleges, including Hansraj College, Ramjas College , Miranda House and Shri Ram College for Commerce, and Jamia Millia Islamia, were asked to vacate their hostels in July, so that the buildings could be renovated.
“This is ridiculous. I had to spend R6,000 each month on accommodation alone. If no one is coming then why were we asked to move out,” said Samiya Akhtar, a DU student.
Each college spent more than Rs 1 crore on renovating the hostel rooms.
The renovation work was funded by the University Grants Commission.
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