Pune: Students in the city had to suffer because of the State-wide bandh called by the Maratha Morcha on Thursday. Thousands of students who are paying guests or residing in hostels, had to spend the day starving or eating whatever is available. While many residential hostels kept their canteens and mess open for the convenience of students, a few students had to make do with quick ready-made meals.
The busy roads in the city bore a deserted look, ‘tapris’ (tea stalls), small and big eateries also remained empty.
Many students and working professionals residing in private hostels, which do not have attached canteens, had to do some odd arrangements for their meals.
“We had stocked some milk last night in the hostel. and also had biscuits in the room,” said a student from a prominent college in the city.
“We couldn’t even get a cup of tea in the morning. We made instant noodles in the afternoon for lunch,” said Kuldeep Ambekar, who resides in a hostel at Sadashiv Peth.
Refectory and Aniket Canteen in Savitribai Phule Pune University were open for students residing on the campus. “The students had requested on the previous night to at least keep one of the canteens open. Therefore, we decided to keep the Refectory open along with the canteen in front of it,” said Sadanand Bhosale, head of Refectory in the university.
“We served food to hostel residents in the mess. Only the college canteens were shut,” informed Amay Yeravdekar, head of off-campus centre department of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
Rubina, head of the hostel in Fergusson College, said that girls and boys hostels have a common canteen and was functioning.