BANGALORE: The much-delayed Syndicate meeting at Bangalore University that was convened on Wednesday may finally provide some respite to students enrolled in the Kolar Postgraduate Centre.
Amidst protests by students from Kolar demanding an answer for the delay in the completion of the Kolar PG Centre, Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev assured them that the administrative block at Kolar would be inaugurated on March 15.
A fresh work order was issued to the contractor by University Engineer N Putta Swamy at current Schedule of Rates (of 2011-12). The contractor has been asked to complete the construction of the administrative block within 25 days. A copy of the work order was also given to the protesting students.
As per the fresh work order, the contractor will now be paid an excess of `84 lakh (on top of `11 crore already spent) for the remaining part of the construction work.
“The University Engineer had not made certain crucial administrative decisions, which led to the delay. We had an extensive discussion on this in the presence of the contractor. He will be given rates as per the contractual agreement. The block will be handed over to students for classes on March 15,” the VC assured students.
The recommendations of the Works Committee to revise the estimates pertaining to works at the hostels was approved. Originally, Rs 1.53 crore was set aside for hostel infrastructure. For now, Rs 1.10 crore has been approved for works related to building of toilets in hostels in Jnana Bharathi and Central College campuses.
The hostel work will be monitored by a retired Superintending Engineer appointed as Project Management Consultant (PMC). It was further resolved to order an inquiry by a retired Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department to determine reasons for the delays in completion of construction works in the University.