The site of the law varsity campus in Nagri
Ranchi, Nov. 18: The National University for Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) is pushing ahead its plan to build a permanent campus in Nagri, floating a tender on November 13 for construction work in the face of resistance by tribals over a contentious piece of land.
The law varsity was forced to consider withholding admissions next year, as it recently came under increased pressure to set up a permanent campus on the disputed site in Nagri on Ranchi’s outskirts after BIT-Mesra refused to provide extra classrooms to accommodate a fresh batch of students.
Nagri villagers, on the other hand, had demolished a portion of a boundary wall of the proposed campus of NUSRL on November 1, a day after Jharkhand High Court ordered extra security cover to drive construction work.
However, with the district administration beefing up security cover following the high court order, construction work of the boundary wall around the 63-acre plot is now nearly complete.
Said Alok Gupta, dean of NUSRL: “The central public works department (CPWD) has promised to hand over the first phase of infrastructure like classrooms, library and administrative block by December 2013. If every thing goes well, we can hope to shift to our permanent campus by early 2014.”
The tender for work involving estimates of Rs 12.69 crore was issued by CPWD, a central agency that will supervise the project.
The last date for submission of bids is November 24. The agency, which bags the tender, will have to complete construction work within 15 months of the date of the work order being issued by CPWD.
CPWD contractor Md Arif said work on a 2.5km road linking various buildings on the campus had also begun while workers had nearly completed painting the boundary wall.
He pointed out that villagers had not caused any more disturbances at the site after the dawn raid on November 1. “The district administration has permanently deployed one battalion of Jharkhand Armed Police jawans on campus,” he added.
The proposed construction will involve setting up two blocks — one for teaching/learning with classrooms, library, professors’ rooms, conference hall, et al, and another for administrative work.
Sources at CPWD said each block would have ground floor with three additional storeys and each floor would have an area of 700 square metres. Thus, all the eight floors in the two blocks will collectively measure 5,600 square metres.
At present, NUSRL is functioning from BIT-Mesra’s Polytechnic Campus, 15km from the state capital.
Executive engineer of CPWD, Ranchi, Rajesh Kumar, said, “The bids will be opened on November 26. We will select the eligible group and recommend its name to the office of the additional director-general (ADG).”
Kumar, who will be responsible for executing the project, said the ADG’s office would negotiate the financial aspect with the builder. The entire process will take about 30 days from the date of recommendation of the builder.
“We hope to issue the work order by the first week of January 2013. As soon as the order is issued, the builder will kick-start work to complete the buildings within the deadline,” Kumar added.
Besides NUSRL, the premises of two other premier educational centres — IIM-Ranchi and IIIT — have been planned on the 227-acre area in Nagri near Kanke.
However, Nagri villagers, who have staked claim over the “agricultural” land and resisted the government’s efforts for months, have thwarted any major progress in construction work so far.