BERHAMPUR,25/07/19:In a tragic incident the compound wall of Saveri ladies Hostel of Berhampur University collapsed on Thursday morning. However, the Inmates of hostel are narrowly escape after the incident.
Eye witness said, the part that collapsed was in a decrepit condition and such a mishap was imminent. Fortunately, not a single boarder was present in the hostel at the time and all are in classes.
Notably. As many as 104 post graduate students were residing in the 120-seat hostel, built around three decades back.
Berhampur University has a total of 14 hostels, eight for girls and six for boys. Of the eight hostels meant for girls, six were built three decades back. These are Jhanjabati, Saveri, Mahendratanaya, Dhanei, Kolab and Salunki.
The old building had developed several cracks and plaster was peeling off from walls and ceilings frequently. In view of the threat posed by the dilapidated structure, the inmates of the hostel had repeatedly requested the university authorities to shift them.
Instead, the authorities took up repair of the damaged portions of the hostel during summer vacation. The students alleged that the block housing the bathroom of all the three floors was left unrepaired.
“This portion of the building had become weak and unsafe as water leaking from the overhead tank stagnated on the roof,” (!).