Udupi: The students, faculty, and alumni of the Government First Grade College in Hebri have opposed the construction of a mini-Vidhana Soudha on the college campus.
Addressing media persons at the Udupi Press Club on Friday, October 18, Student Welfare Council President Sumanth Shetty said that the student body would launch an agitation if the state government does not drop the idea of constructing the mini-Vidhana Soudha.
Shetty said, "There are currently 485 students enrolled in the college and this year, that number has increased by 85 students. The management is also planning to start new courses in the college. Therefore, it would not be fair to construct a mini-Vidhana Soudha on the college premises."
He further said, "Out of 31 acres of land, 25 acres and 12 cents of land has already been utilised. Plans had been drafted to construct a hostel, a library, an indoor stadium, a 400-meter running track, and other facilities. But the government is planning to use these five acres of land to construct a mini-Vidhana Soudha. This will affect the development plans of the college."
"Students will be needlessly distracted by political agitations," he added.
Offering an alternative, Shetty said, "The Old Community Health Centre building sits on two acres of land near the Hebri Taluk Office. The mini-Vidhana Soudha can be built on this land as people can easily approach it."
Shetty mentioned that a couple of years ago, the district administration had identified 11.35 acres of land near Chara village for the construction of the mini-Vidhana Soudha. "The government can select between these two sites or can look for any other place," he added.
The president of the student body also informed the press that they were not against the construction of a mini-Vidhana Soudha, but they were only against it being built on the college campus. He said, "We request the government to not touch the land that was allotted to the college in 1988."
Social worker Sridhar Shetty said that they had submitted a notice to local MLA Sunil Kumar in this regard. "He (Sunil Kumar) had said that he would look into the matter, but he has also said to others that the government will construct the mini-Vidhana Soudha in the college campus."
The student leaders warned that they would launch an agitation with the help of the college alumni if the government went ahead with its current construction plans.
Hemanth Shetty, Akshay Naik, Girish, Vijay, Suraj, and other college students were present during the press meet.
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