A first year student of Maharaja Pre-University College miraculously escaped with minor injuries on Thursday morning when a portion of the roof in the library department collapsed due to water seepage following heavy rains in recent days.
The incident occurred when Shivakumar was coming out of the library building of the Maharaja PU College and High School which is a heritage structure. The building constructed 150 years ago allegedly lacks maintenance.
Speaking to ‘City Today,’ college principal Siddaraju said that despite repeated requests to the Department of Education and heritage authority, no action has been taken to get the roof repaired for the entire building. However, when Siddaraju complained to MLA Vasu over phone on Wednesday, the legislator directed the PWD executive engineers Ramachandra and Narayan to inspect the building and prepare an estimate for the repair works.
The executive engineers said that the estimate for repair works would be prepared and submitted to MLA Vasu, but the heritage authority must grant permission to undertake repairs.
Principal Siddaraju has expressed apprehensions saying that hundreds of students particularly from the weaker sections of the society attend the college and school; hence, immediate repair works should be carried before any untoward incident occurs.
It may be recalled that four persons had died in 2012 when the roof had caved in at Lansdowne building, a heritage structure.