Delhi University students reach out to PM Modi opposing high-rise in North Campus

Published on: Sep 11, 2019 09:50 IST
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Delhi University students have reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting against construction of a high-rise building in the North Campus area. As per media reports, over 100 students from Delhi University have written to the Prime Minister drawing his attention to a high-rise building that is being planned near the North Campus area. Students have been protesting against the construction of a high-rise building near the North Campus of Delhi University citing security concerns.

What does students’ letter to PM say?

The letter which is dated 3rd September and has been signed by over 103 students from North Campus, has cited security concerns about students are their primary objection to the construction of a high-rise building. The letter further states that a high-rise residential building in an area around the campus would prove to be detrimental to the development of the University. Furthermore, the letter also says that the high-rise would compromise the security and privacy of women’s’ hostels located in close proximity.

Women’s Hostel in Close Proximity to High Rise

The land for the high rise building has been allocated right next to the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station and lies in close proximity to several colleges and women’s hostels. According to the details available so far, Miranda House women’s hostel, PG Women’s hostel, Meghdoot Hostel, and CIE hostels lie within the close proximity of the land identified for the construction of high-rise building.

Permission Granted by North Delhi Corporation

The tussle between Delhi University and a Private Builder who is trying to construct the high-rise has been going-on for nearly 5 years. However, recently, the North Delhi Corporation granted approval to the building plan clearing the decks for construction of the high-rise. Issuing a clarification on the issue, North Delhi Corporation said that after the builder incorporated a few technical changes in line with the the new building bylaws, the corporation has granted permission to the building plan. However, sources have suggested that Environment clearance is under challenge and SLP is pending for the high-rise being planned in the North Campus area.

DU’s plea in Supreme Court

After its two pleas getting rejected, Delhi University has filed a fresh plea in Supreme Court seeking relief and stay on the construction of high-rise building in the campus area. However, currently, there is no stay against construction of high-rise in North Campus area.

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