More than 15 years after its foundation stone was laid, the hostel of Juddha Secondary School in Gaur Municipality, Rautahat, has not been constructed, as the authority concerned has turned a blind eye towards it.

The hostel's foundation stone was laid by the then Indian ambassador Shiva Shankar Mukharjee on 29 December 2005. The hostel was to be built with financial assistance from the Indian government.

Locals complained that the concerned authorities were mum even though the construction company had abandoned the construction work. Gorkha Sky Canyon JV had started the construction work with an estimated cost of Rs 1,90,000000 to construct the three-storey building with canteen and compound walls. The construction company fled after completing the ground floor of the building in 2006.

The construction company had agreed to complete the work within two years.

Fifteen years have already passed, but construction of the hostel has not been completed.

The company has been out of contact for years though the then District Development Committee had written to the company time and again.

The DDC had blacklisted the company after it did not come in contact.

Head teacher Chandreshwor Raut Patel said that Dalits and poor students were facing problems due to lack of hostel facility. He said the school had been taking the initiative, but no other stakeholders were ready to take the initiative to complete the construction of the hostel.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 8, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.