Girls hostel Rajbagh sans basic facilities, students decry

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Syed Aijaz

Srinagar, Sep 30: The students from far-flung area of Kashmir who have got accommodation in Gujjar and Bakerwal Girls Hostel in Kursoo Rajbagh here are being deprived of basic facilities, thus putting question mark over the tall claims of authorities.
In a rented private building, at least 125 students are accommodated in the girls’ hostel, who accused the authorities of ignoring their plights by depriving them from the basic facilities here.
The students said that the authorities are depriving them of basic facilities, saying that more than nine students are being forcefully accommodated in a single room, thus disturbing their studies.
“We are not even being allowed to talk,” the students said, adding that the windows have been closed by the authorities for unknown reasons while as no fans and other basic amenities are being provided to them.
They said that the hostel also lacks bedding facilities, saying that old and unclean bedding have been made available to the students, thus risking their health as well.
The students also lashed out at the authorities and alleged that they (authorities) turned the hostel worst than jail, saying that the students are not being even allowed to venture out of their rooms to get fresh air.
“We came here from far-flung posts with an aim to get benefitted from high-tech facilities but all that we were expected proved hoax,” they said.
The students impressed upon the concerned authorities to intervene into this grave issue and urged them to fulfill their genuine demands.
Meanwhile, Director Tribal Affairs, Muhammad Rafi said that hostel is currently functioning in a rented accommodation. “Though the funds for the construction of new structures have been released but unfortunately, relevant space is not available, thus delaying the whole process,” he said.
He further added that they had identified a land but the construction of the hostel was objected there.
However, he said that the other grievances of students will be looked into and will be redressed soon. (KNS)