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Decide on shifting of Ravenshaw Jr College, repair work within 2 weeks: HC to Odisha govt

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 31:

Taking strong exception to the non-compliance of the Odisha government over the repair and renovation of unsafe buildings in the Ravenshaw University and the delay in the shifting of the Ravenshaw Junior College campus to another location in the city, the High Court has directed the state government to take a decision in these matters within two weeks.

High-CourtA division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AK Rath issued the directive on Thursday while hearing two letter petitions filed by Sahanshu Sourav and Abinash Mohanty.

In his petition, Sourav had informed the court that the seven acres of land provided by the state government for the Ravenshaw Junior College was not adequate. Besides, the claim of the state government that it has allotted seven acres of land for the college is incorrect, he added.

The petitioner also told the court that since the location for the college at Jobra is not conducive for an educational institution, the government should find an alternative location.

In another letter petition, Mohanty had prayed to the court to direct the state government to take up urgent repair and renovation work of the unsafe buildings in the University campus. He had stated that the walls of the buildings had been soaked with rainwater and that the electrification system in the building had become too old and needed urgent repair.

The bench, after hearing the petition, directed the Judicial registrar and AGA Bishnu Prasad Pradhan for an investigation into the matter.