NOIDA: The Noida Authority is fast rushing towards completion of another dream project of chief minister Mayawati – the Rs 40 crore Dr Ambedkar SC/ST hostel. Meant exclusively for working women and girl students belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, the hostel is expected to be ready for use by November 30. The Authority has invited applications from interested candidates that need to be submitted by November 20.
Construction of the SC/ST hostel is nearly complete and the Authority has asked the construction agency, Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam, to wrap up all finishing work before the month end. Located in sector 62, this first-of-its-kind hostel boasts of infrastructure and facilities “matching those of any renowned private college hostels.”
The six-storey hostel complex has a capacity to accommodate 500 people. “With 200 double and 100 single occupancy rooms, the Ambedkar hostel is also equipped with security measures including CCTV cameras, round the clock surveillance by a fleet of security guards, etc to ensure safety of all inmates,” said Noida Authority DCEO Anil Raj Kumar. The eligibility for getting a hostel seat have already been advertised by the state government and admission procedure for selected candidates will begin from November 20. The state of the art hostel will provide accommodation to needy women at subsidized costs. The list of selected candidates will be finalized by the Greater Noida Education Committee.
The proposal for the hostel was first made in January 2009 on Mayawati’s 53rd birthday along with a host of other projects totalling Rs 3,500 crore. Construction of the girls’ hostel began in March 2009 and was supposed to be completed within a year. However, due to technical glitches in the original architectural plan, the project got delayed and construction was finally completed earlier this month. Another such hostel meant for male SC/ST students and working professionals is being readied in Greater Noida.