Hyderabad: The plans of the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University to shift its campus to new premises at Bachupally might not materialise this year too, courtesy the delay in completion of works on the new campus. The university administration had decided last year to complete all the pending works and shift a few departments to the new campus in the academic year 2018-19. However, due to the delay in completion of construction works, the university has deferred the shifting process to the next academic year.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University Vice-Chancellor Prof. SV Satyanarayana said, “There were issues with the earlier contractor and they were settled and a new contractor has been roped in. The works will be finished at the earliest. In the next academic year, the university plans to shift departments like the Department of Sculpture and Painting to the new campus.”
The university was allotted close to 100 acres of land at Bachupally by the then government in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in 2003. After four years of land allotment, the foundation stone was laid by the university administration. However, the works had come to halt due to financial constraints, issues with the contractor and cost escalation. Another reason for the delay in construction work was a shortage of water in the area. The varsity’s efforts to extract water from bore wells had gone in vain.
To complete the works, the State government had earlier released Rs 20 crore. This apart, the new campus which has been battling for water has now got a connection as part of the Mission Bhagiratha, the State government’s initiative to provide safe drinking water to all. So far, the university has finished works of an administrative building and School of Fine Arts. At the same time, the administration has shelved the plan to construct a hostel in Vidyanagar as the land lease tenure ended.
“A new hostel has been constructed on the Bachupally campus and students will be given admission there. The administration is in talks with the Telangana State Road Transportation Corporation for providing bus facility for hostel students to reach university,” a senior official said.