12 yrs on, JU paying rent for ‘unsafe’ building
Pardeep Singh Bali
Jammu Tawi, November 15
In the absence accountability and transparency, University of Jammu is ‘forced’ to pay annual charges of Rs 70, 000-80000 to the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) as a rent of ‘unsafe’ building.
According to sources in the Jammu University, the varsity administration had made an agreement with the JMC of utilizing their ‘abandoned’ building for study purpose.
“The Jammu University in 1978 signed an agreement with the Jammu Municipal Corporation, with regard to the utilization of JMC building at Gummat as an off site reading hall for the library students,” said sources, adding that they had to discontinue the use of building after it starts dilapidating.
“In 2004, the use of building was discontinued due to its bad condition. The university at that time wrote to JMC official, but no heed was paid,” sources said, “Having a capacity for accommodating over 100 students, the library was functional for many decades but was abandoned after the building started crumbling. At the same time a new and spacious central library was constructed in the new campus of Jammu University and this building was closed by the administration forever,” they added.
Sources further said that though the building remained abandoned by the varsity, JMC is also not putting efforts to maintain it.
“The JMC officials are enjoying easy money without providing services. The officials are unaccountable and are not concerned about their duties,” official asserted.
In charge Librarian, Central Library (Dhanvantri Library), Jammu University-Prof Kulwant Singh told Newspoint that he took up the matter of renovation of the off-site library building with the former Commissioner -Mandeep Kour and she assured to do the needful but then “Kour was transferred”.
According to Singh, thousands of varsity scholars, students as well as private members are applying for the membership of the Central Library but since there is shortage of space, the seats could not be increased.
“I will highlight this issue with the incumbent commissioner-Manmohan Singh to reopen this building of the varsity to help students as well as those aspirants who are preparing for the civil services and other examinations”, Prof Kulwant Singh said.
Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner JMC R S Jamwal said, “I don’t know much about this issue but why the Jammu University is asking for this building? It is an unsafe building”.
However, Commissioner JMC-Manmohan Singh expressed his ignorance over the matter and said he is unaware about any such building.