Jawaharlal Nehru University: Hostel room roof collapses; no injuries reported

The roof wall collapses at Godavari hostel in JNU. Students demand immediate repairs.

Press Trust of India October 04, 2022 21:05:06 IST
Jawaharlal Nehru University: Hostel room roof collapses; no injuries reported

Godavari hostel, JNU

New Delhi: Another incident at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) revealed the infrastructure’s deteriorating state when the ceiling of a dorm room partially collapsed. Parts of the ceiling in Godavari Hostel fell onto a study table during the incident. Although no one was hurt, a laptop was damaged, according to Swati Singh, a resident of the same hostel.

“A part of the ceiling fell off in a room in the Godavari Hostel in JNU. Although there were no serious injuries to any resident, the residents of the room were sleeping nearby and the ceiling fell directly on their study table thereby damaging the laptop,” said Swati Singh, president of the Democratic Students Federation (DSF). This is not the first time that such an incident has happened in JNU.

In April, a student in Sabarmati Hostel was seriously injured when the bathroom roof collapsed on him.
Despite several complaints to the authorities, no action has been taken as of now, Swati lamented. The dilapidated condition of JNU hostels has been highlighted by students time and again. Student groups have held a series of protests in the past few months over the issue.

JNU students have demanded that the overall renovation of the Godavari hostel including waterproofing treatment must be done on an immediate basis. “We, the residents of Godavari Hostel clearly want to state that if any unfortunate incident happens to any resident, the wardens and the administration should be held accountable for the same as they are not taking the issue of crumbling hostel infrastructure seriously,” the residents said in a statement.

After several days of protest, a notice was released by the administration last month where it was mentioned that the renovation would be undertaken in a phased manner. “However, the notification only mentions renovation of toilets in Godavari Hostel that too will happen only in the second phase of renovation work. We believe that it is not only insufficient but also reflects the criminal negligence of the administration,” they added.

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