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College alumni concerned over survey of Baramulla-Uri railway track conducted by Northern Railways
3/31/2024 10:49:18 PM
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Mar 31: The alumni of Government Degree College Baramulla have raised concern about the recent survey conducted by railway authorities by which a section of the proposed railway track is to pass through the playground of the college.
An emergency meeting by the alumni of the college was presided over by Prof. Mohammad Ismail on Saturday, during which serious concerns were expressed about the preliminary survey conducted by the railway authorities by which a section of the proposed railway track is to pass through the playground of the college.
A statement issued after the meeting said the alignment was almost bisecting the college premises into two parts, rendering the college ground dysfunctional for all outdoor sports and other socio-cultural activities.
"It came to light that such a move will not only vitiate the academic environment of this institution of excellence but will also undermine the future growth and progress of this institution," it said.
The statement said the ground in question is a multi-facility space not only catering to the essential academic requirements of various courses being run in the college, like physical education, skills in health and wellness, etc., but also to the sports and wellness needs of the public at large.
The facilities available in the playground and well-equipped Mini Indoor Stadium allied with it are being used by other colleges located over the extensive catchment of North Kashmir besides various schools of the whole district, the statement reads.
The ground has a grand history of the past so many decades as a venue for national-level sports events and has been an asset for facilitating and inspiring many sportspeople to achieve great feats in the field of sports.
It said the playground is playing a pivotal role in streamlining the general public and particularly youth towards wellness and thus evading their involvement in distractions and social evils, including drug abuse.
"It is in this backdrop that the alumni of the college from various sections of society expressed their concern over the development," the statement said.
Among the many decisions taken, it was resolved that the alumni would take up the matter further and submit a representation at the higher level, including the District Administration, with an earnest appeal to reconsider the said alignment and spare the college in particular and society at large from unwarranted damage.
A committee was framed to pursue the issue with various authorities.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. Mohammad Ismail and came to an end with a vote of thanks to the participants, who displayed great sensitivity and enthusiasm towards the issue.
Pertinently, Govt Degree College Baramulla, having been established in 1943, is a NAAC Grade A college and is presently one of three autonomous colleges of UT of J&K.
The college has been imparting quality education to a huge population spread over a vast catchment area. It is on the path of becoming a Multidisciplinary Education and Research University (MERU) in the near future and will need immense infrastructure to render the expected educational services.
The proposed Baramulla-Uri railway line will pass through key locations in Baramulla city, Sheeri, Gantmulla, Boniyar, Limber, and Lagama villages before it touches Uri town, close to the Line of Control in North Kashmir.
The 50-kM Baramulla-Uri, already approved by the Government of India, would serve as an extension of the under-construction Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project and, once completed, would extend the Indian railway network close to LoC in Uri, dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
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