The Unrelenting Wait

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the three oldest departments of NITR, established along with the Electrical and the Civil Departments in 1961 when the then REC began its first batch of students. From then on generations of students have graduated, calling the same old mechanical building as their own. That was all until the new Mechanical Sciences building was announced and started construction since July, 2013. Now the mechanical students and faculties can neither have enough nor can they wait enough to shift into the humongous and alluring new mechanical building.

The Mechanical Sciences building was proposed to be made with a budget of 40 crores and is supposed to accommodate both the departments of mechanical engineering as well as industrial design. Built over an area of approximately 5500 square meters, the behemoth has four floors with the overall building divided into two halves dedicatedly designed to conform to the needs of the two departments.

Talking to Mr. Dinesh Pradhan, the site-in-charge, Team MM found out that over the winter vacation a lot of progress has been made. While on the mechanical side of the building the plastering and finishing of the walls has been done up to the first floor, on the other half the ground floor has been completed. Some of the brickwork of the top floors remain and the flooring process has already begun. Mr. Pradhan heads a team of 30 masons, 15 odd carpenters and fitters and 60 labourers as they endeavour to complete the building working from 8 in the morning to 8 in the night, not counting the extra hours that they pull.

The proposed date of completion of the project was June, 2015. But for those who had got their hopes up of shifting into the department during the next semester, the latest estimates say that it will take another 8 months to complete the project, hence pushing the expected date of shifting into the new building to the next even semester in all probability.

Prof. C.R Patra, the man with the responsibility of guiding and overseeing all construction related projects inside the NITR campus, told team MM that civil projects unlike mechanical, electrical or computer science projects hardly ever conform to the estimated dates of completion. Such projects are site and weather dependent along with other factors and hence sometimes delays are inevitable. 

Team MM hopes that the long laid plans for the building shall soon come to fruition, bringing an end to the long wait of the students of Mechanical and ID departments.