After parents of children studying in Mirambika Free School opposed the opening of an engineering college on the school premises, it is the turn of the residents of the Sarvodaya Cooperative Housing Society to oppose the proposed college.
Over 150 residents from the area have signed a petition against the opening of the college on the grounds that the proposed college “goes against the Master Plan 2021” and will “affect the quality of life of every citizen of the colony”.
“Our colony is surrounded by densely populated villages of Adchini and Begumpur. The road leading to our colony from Aurobindo Marg suffers frequent traffic jams due to the volume of traffic. With the opening of a technical college for 500-1000 students and faculty, staff etc, this problem will go from bad to worse, with the road completely choked and the entry/exit of the colony blocked permanently,” the petition read.
The residents have also expressed apprehension over the commercialisation in the area due to the proposed college.
“The Lal Dora area around our colony is heavily commercialised. With the large number of students the technical college is likely to attract, it will result in further commercialisation of our neighbourhood,” the petition said.
Residents are also not ruling out the possibility of approaching the courts for intervening in the matter. “ Until the time a small school was running in the area, we were okay with it. But, a college means hundreds of students and it is bound to affect our quality of life. So, if all else fails, we will knock on the doors of the court,”Mukesh Sakhuja, treasurer of Sarvodaya Co-operative housing Society, said.