Maharani’s Chem-Lab collapses
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Maharani’s Chem-Lab collapses

October 21, 2022

Providential escape for over 40 students; HoD, Principal’s presence of mind saves lives

Mysore/Mysuru: The Chemistry Laboratory of the more-than-a-century-old Maharani’s Science College on JLB Road was reduced to rubble this morning as the laboratory’s roof came crashing down, adding one more building to the list of collapsed heritage structures of Mysuru city. 

What is heartening here is the presence of mind displayed by the Chemistry Department Head and the College Principal that saved the lives of over 40 students and four staff.

The dilapidated structure collapsed at 10.40 am and the visuals were captured by students standing outside the building and the video has gone viral on social media, highlighting the plight of heritage structures of Mysuru that is facing a monumental neglect by the people in power.

Six rooms dilapidated

Along with the huge Chemistry Laboratory that could accommodate over 50 students on individual tables and space to store other lab equipment, one more room attached to the laboratory too collapsed. In all, there are six rooms attached to the laboratory and all are in a dilapidated state, crying for attention for many years. 

Chemistry Lab usually opens at 11 am and today at 10.23 am, Head of the Department Dr. K.K. Padmanabha entered the laboratory to oversee preparations for today’s experiments. He was taken aback as he saw chunks of mud, cement, tiles and bricks spread all over the laboratory. A section of the cleaning staff was removing the dirt from the roof.

Students, staff vacated

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Asking the staff to immediately vacate the place, he alerted the College Principal Dr. D. Ravi, asking him to personally see the lab’s plight. Dr. Ravi rushed to the lab and asked all the staff and students to vacate the place and classes were suspended for two days. As soon as this process was completed, the laboratory and the neighbouring rooms were locked. 

Students and four staff who were arriving for the 11 am lab work were asked to leave the premises and minutes later, the roof collapsed at 10.40 am. Principal Dr. Ravi called up Chamaraja MLA L. Nagendra and narrated the incident. The MLA who visited the spot said that the tenders to repair the building had been called for and works were about to begin but the roof has collapsed now.

Reconstruction only solution

Looking at the nature of the damage and the condition of over six rooms, it is doubtful if the dilapidated structure can withstand the repair works. College staff and engineers present at the spot said that instead of doing repairs, the building and rooms have to be reconstructed after laying a firm foundation.

As working in the present lab and also in the adjacent rooms is ruled out, the College authorities have to look for alternative arrangements when the classes reopen on Monday. “Lab equipment worth Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh have been buried under the rubble. As all the equipment is glass containing acids and solutions, removing and segregating the undamaged ones will be tricky,” said a source from the College.

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As a precaution, four fire tenders and three ambulances were summoned to the College today and teams from Lakshmipuram Police were monitoring the situation when we went to Press.

5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Maharani’s Chem-Lab collapses”

  1. R RAJA CHANDRA says:

    What a monumental neglect by the College Authorities. One can see in all the pictures posted in this article profuse vegetation growing from every available crevice in the Building ! ( Same as was seen at Mysore Palace Fort) . It is unfortunate to know there were none among the teachers or students who were concerned and passionate to do basic things to protect a heritage building by keeping it clean at least !

  2. Marigowda Ramanna says:

    I agree with the above poster about the criminal negligence of this building. I also agree with him about similar neglect of the Palace Fort.
    I lived in Mysore some time ago, and was disgusted to see the attitude of those concerned not to care for the buildings like this where they study and work. The problem in India is that people think that it is the function of the government to do every thing, and they do not have to do anything, always shifting the blame on the government and the authorities concerned.
    The fact thatv government and the authorities are mired in corruption, and are willing to do anything if onbly there is income to their pockets is disgraceful. Add to this the attitude of the citizens who resort to finger pointing

  3. Anantha Raju says:

    Periodic inspection of the roof n cleaning of leaf etc blocking rain water n stagnating on the roof is minimum requirement. That would save the building . The roof instead of being flat should be sloping.

  4. Sreenivasan says:

    Being from Mysore, central govt in terms of GST collect from kannadigas & all pvt institutions also collect hefty money for maintenance of their colleges , BJP is intrested in developing only northern Hindi belt, thanks for the college staff for taking early safety actions.

  5. Ravi Prakash says:

    Showing that Mysuru is turning from a heritage city to ghost town. People must become vigilent on any future catastrophe to avoid injury and damage to life and property.

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