There was a meeting held last week by the Maharashtra Government regarding the issue of the initiative taken by the former Minister and Congress leader Mohammed Arif Naseem. The meeting was held at the Vidhan Bhavan wherein the state Education Minister, Mr. Vinod Tawde disclosed the plans of the Maharashtra Government’s commitment to building a “Hindi Bhasha Bhawan”. The Bhawan is planned to be built in the Kalina Campus of Mumbai University. The government has already sanctioned Rs. 2 crores for the building project. The Government further plans to name the building after politician and Hindi Literateur Dr. Ram Manohar Tripathi.
Recently Mumbai University was in the buzz because it was failing to utilize the grant offered for the construction of Dr. Rammanohar Tripathi Hindi Bhasha Bhawan, by the District Planning and Development Committee of Mumbai Suburbs.
Mr. Dipendra Singh Kushwaha, District Collector, Mumbai Suburban also issued a notice to the University regarding the same. The letter read that if the university would not utilize the fund before the end of the financial year it will be treated as lapsed.
The meeting conducted at the Vidhan Bhawan yesterday was attended by Kushwaha, Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice Chancellor Mumbai University and some reputed senior Hindi journalist.
To his defense, Deshmukh said that the varsity put a hold on the project because they had a much wider plan to make the building as a multi-storey building that would be the home of many other University departments.
The statement was immediately opposed by the Congress leader Khan who said that the foundation of the building was laid after the all the due clearance from Government and hence there is no good reason to delay the construction of the building further.
Deshmukh gave his statement that the previous VC of the varsity did not complete all the formalities and the varsity’s Management Council is yet to approve the project of Hindi Bhavan.
“I will see how to adjust the Bhavan in the plan. As Dr. Tripathi was a respected and reputed writer and politician, we stand committed to building the Hindi Bhavan bearing his name,” Tawde said while instructing the Vice Chancellor to submit the master plan for the multi-storey building as proposed by Deshmukh.
It is to be noted that the building was approved by the District Collector in June 2014 and since then no work has been taken to progress. The Education Minister was seen concerned about the issue and he has directed the University to move according to the original plan.