The city boasts of good infrastructure and robust IT growth. However, if one looks beyond the sheen and glitter, there is a reality that is harsh. And one example of such harshness is the dilapidated state of government colleges in the city. According to RTI’s reply to a public petition, Rs 16.25 crore was allocated for infrastructure development in the colleges.
Also, Rs 10 crore was allotted for two-degree colleges at Chanchalguda and Falaknuma, and works are yet to commence in these colleges. And it’s not the case with one or two government colleges; degree colleges at Neredmet, Chanchalguda, Golconda, and Falaknuma are in a dilapidated condition. Ironically, the government degree college at Sitaphalmandi is located on private land. The government hasn’t allocated land, and the colleges don’t have basic facilities.
“It seems that funds sanctioned for renovating government degree colleges are only on paper. The government claims that the sanctioned amount has been utilized, but the ground reality is no development works have taken place from 2014-to 22. All colleges lack washrooms, there are no fans in classrooms, and a drinking water facility is lacking. There are computer labs without computers,” says social activist Robin Zaccheus.
Though the government could have focused and rejuvenated the colleges using the funds, they haven’t bothered to take any steps in that direction, he adds. Due to lack of basic facilities, boys are forced to relieve themselves in public, while girls have to put up with dirty toilets, say the students.
In yet another disturbing situation, the degree students at Neredmet college are forced to sit outside as the premises also have inter-college.a