Vikash Sharma

A little less than three months after being constructed, the boundary wall of Rama Devi Women’s University in Bhubaneswar collapsed on Sunday. A major tragedy was averted as no student was near the boundary wall when it collapsed between 7 am and 8 am today.

It was alleged that the boundary wall collapsed due to sub-standard work as it was constructed and beautified in a haphazard manner in view of President Droupadi Murmu’s visit to the university which is her alma mater.

Jeevan Rout, local corporator said, “We are grateful to God that no student was near the boundary wall. The women students are not safe. It is less than three months since the boundary wall was constructed.”

Rout said he feel ashamed of the quality of renovation works of the boundary wall of the varsity where the President of India had studied.

“Had the boundary wall collapsed at around 10 am, it would have led to a major tragedy. We had tried to contact the junior engineer of the police housing board, but nobody responded,” Rout alleged.

As per reports, the boundary wall was constructed upon the old boundary wall without necessary support.

“We had an event later in the day. Had the incident occurred during the programme, it would have led to a disaster. We suspect that the work done was of poor quality,” said a student.

Another student said, “The government should supervise the work of the contractors engaged in construction activities in the interest of students.”

It is pertinent to mention here that RD Women’s University authorities had informed BMC about the leakage of water and the condition of the boundary wall which connects with a vending zone on busy Janpath.

“Had anything happened to students, we would have certainly staged a demonstration against such apathy,” said a local resident. Meanwhile, RD Women’s University or BMC officials could not be contacted over the incident.

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