| Members of Voice of Patna University stage the protest on Monday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Taking a U-turn from its earlier stand, the building construction department on Monday said the main approach road leading to Magadh Mahila College would not be blocked with the construction of a convention centre adjacent to it.
Building construction minister Damodar Rout said: “We have decided not to change the approach route of Magadh Mahila College but will change the convention centre design.”
Later on Monday evening, a meeting was convened by chief secretary A.K. Sinha on the direction of chief minister Nitish Kumar in which a decision was taken not to block the main approach road of Magadh Mahila College.
According to the government’s earlier plan, the main approach road of college would be blocked and an alternative L-shaped route passing through the district police headquarters would be provided to the students.
Rout, who was unaware of Monday’s incident where students and teachers forcefully stopped the ongoing construction work of the convention centre at the civil surgeon’s compound, said the students and teachers should not indulge in such activities.
However, the teachers and students claimed that their main agitation is against construction of convention centre adjacent to the campus.
College teacher Sashi Sharma said: “We have come to know from Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha about the new plan. We were informed that though the main approach route would not be blocked but the site where we stopped work on Monday, a food court would be constructed.”
Sharma, wife of a senior Congress leader, claimed that the 100ft centre would not only cause health problems but also affect the privacy of girl students.
Echoing the views of her teacher, Kirti Singh, a first-year postgraduate student, said: “Our main demand is against the convention centre.”