Delhi University students on Friday staged a protest against the construction of a 39-storey building in North Campus, saying structure will overlook six girls’ hostels and will be an “invasion of their privacy”. The building is coming up adjacent to the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station in the campus area. Students from Miranda House and Kirori Mal College organised a march in the campus and formed a human chain against the construction of the building. They raised slogans of ‘Private building, down down’.
According to a representative of the Miranda House Students’ Union, the building will overlook six girls’ hostels which is “an invasion of their privacy.” A student said the private builder should have held discussions with the Delhi University administration, the teachers’ association or the students’ union before beginning construction. She said they will also reach out to other colleges in the campus for their support since it is an issue that concerns every student of the varsity.
According to a representative of the Kirori Mal College students’ union, there were some students who voluntarily joined the protest but they will reach out to more students to gather support on the issue. According to a faculty member of DU, the land originally belonged to the Ministry of Defense and was acquired for public purpose by the state government for the construction of metro station by DMRC. Subsequently, the DMRC sold two-thirds of this land by granting perpetual lease to a private builder in the guise of property development and by changing the land use from “public and semi-public facility to residential, he alleged.
The concerned plot of land was acquired by DMRC after following all due processes of acquisition, it said. In the last hearing held on August 26, the Supreme Court has also declined to grant any stay on the matter, while fixing the next date of hearing for September 30.