The incomplete administrative building of VBU in Hazaribagh. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Vinoba Bhave University authorities are considering keeping back the security deposit of a contractor in response to tardy progress in setting up an administrative building on campus in Sindoor, 6km from the district headquarters.
A senior varsity employee told The Telegraph that work to set up a three-storey administrative building had begun in 2006 with estimated funds of Rs 4 crore.
A Palamau-based firm that bagged the contract was asked to hand over the new building by 2008.
The employee said university officials had been keeping watch on construction work, but the building contractor faced a number of pending tasks including construction of toilets, power and water connection and placing grilles in windows and collapsible gates.
He said the university authorities had passed a clear-cut message to the contractor to finish work early or run the risk of forfeiting the Rs 40-lakh deposit.
Administrative officials, including the vice chancellor, have been occupying the central library building since 2000, even as students cry lack of space.
The library witnesses a flow of large numbers of students and teachers, but the space crunch is pronounced as the facility has been confined to two halls.
University employees said once all the offices including that of VC Ravindra Nath Bhagat is shifted to the new building, the library which has a stock of books worth several crores will function properly.
Interestingly, assistant registrar Vijay Kumar Sinha said they were hoping to shift to the new building by January next year, despite the slow pace of work. He also denied that the university might take up incomplete works afresh by retaining the contractor’s security deposit.
“Work is very slow but the contractor has been asked a number of times to speed up, considering the trouble for want of a full-fledged administrative building,” he said.
The girls’ hostel and canteen building are also lying unused on campus.
Dean of students’ welfare Margaret Lakra said it was only a matter of days before the canteen was handed over to a private party for making it operational. She hoped to open the girls’ hostel soon.