Wait for shifting Telugu University from Public Gardens gets longer

Work on a building left unfinished at a site off Bachupally road on Miyapur-Medchal highway, which is supposed to host Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.

Work on a building left unfinished at a site off Bachupally road on Miyapur-Medchal highway, which is supposed to host Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

Incomplete work at a site off Bachupally road stares at government

A 30-metre gravel road leads to a double-storied building where students are sitting in their rooms and preparing for examinations. There is a library building next to it and that’s about it. The rest of the 100-odd acres is an undulating terrain of rocks, shrubs and trees save for a huge half-constructed administrative building at the centre and a half-built classroom complex a short distance away.

More than a decade ago, this site off the Bachupally road on the Miyapur-Medchal highway was supposed to host the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University after being shifted from the Public Gardens at Nampally. But as of now, the foundation stone laid by Ministers of the previous government stands as a mute witness to the incomplete work that stares at the present government.

The formation of Telangana and the State even hosting the World Telugu Conference has not given the required push to complete the rest of the infrastructure at the site to shift the Telugu university here and perhaps allow the Public Gardens to be restored to its lost glory.

“We have been living here ever since we joined the graduation course three years ago. A TSRTC bus makes one trip in the morning to take us to our classrooms at Public Gardens and another in the evening to get us back. If you miss the bus, you have to take a combination of auto-rickshaws and buses to reach our class spending a lot of money,” said Raja Rao, a linguistics student.

“Students are happy with the hostel accommodation and the mess, but they point out that at least three hours of commuting time could be saved if the classes are held in the vicinity. We lose valuable time commuting from here to Public Gardens in heavy traffic and the time saved could be used for some productive purposes. But owing to lack of facilities, there is no chance of it happening anytime soon,” added Prashanth, another student.

Although the gravel road leading to the hostel is lined with streetlights, the vast open lands and terrain mean that the chances of coming across snakes are more. “We just do not venture out after dark as it is too dangerous,” he added. There a few security guards around, but they are not expected to patrol the vast area.

“This is a valuable land and its hard to understand why the government would not hasten the process of shifting. Such an utter waste of resources,” lamented senior BJP leader S. Malla Reddy, who has been trying to bring this to the attention of the authorities concerned.

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