CPWD under scanner for doing ‘faulty’ soil testing on CUK land in Ganderbal

Srinagar Oct 08: The Central Public Works Department has come under the scanner for allegedly doing faulty soil testing of the land proposed for the Central University Kashmir.
In a recently held meeting, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir was told by Central University Kashmir authorities that Central Public Works Department had done faulty soil testing on the varsity land in Ganderbal.
“Soul resting report and other works done by Central Public Works Department was faulty and they have been already reported for investigation by the bureau of CVC and CBI.  The Vice Chancellor said that several executing agencies including NBCV and NPCC have also failed to adhere to the timelines for the construction of pre-engineered buildings and other works alloyed to them and the university has suffered a lot on account of their follies in terms of its finances as well as reputation,” minutes of the meeting reads.
The varsity authorities told Divisional Commissioner that encroachment of land by certain individuals needs to be vacated immediately. Following which Divisional Commissioner as per the minutes of the meeting directed DC Ganderbal to constitute a committee of Revenue, Police and CUK for demarcation and removal of encroachments from CUK land.
The CUK is presently functioning from multiple campuses in Ganderbal including green campus erstwhile college of physical education Tulmulla campus, allotted site Nunar campus DIET building,  Science and Arts block, old district hospital and the older structures and buildings at these sites were renovated and refurbished besides construction of new structures was done by the campus development with of the varsity before the class work was started.
As per the documents, CUK is a mega project and important project as thousands of students from JK and other parts of the country will be pursuing their higher education through it.
“Construction Department has also constructed scores of other classrooms in the other campuses and roughly around 70,000 sq feet new structures were raised in a matter of six to nine months only and repairs works equivalent to around 50,000 sq ft were also made during this period,” the documents read.
The varsity is offering 45 postgraduate undergraduate and five year integrated research and diploma programmes
“It was acknowledged that the varsity’s inability to construct the permanent structures at its alloyed site as per the already drafted and approved master plan at Tulmulla citing several technical reasons especially the low load bearing capacity of the major chunk of land transferred by the govt to the university,” the document reads. (KINS)

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