‘‘Why are students being made to pay for the Commonwealth Games? Earlier they paid anything around Rs 20,000 annually for hostel accommodation. But now they are forced to pay upto Rs 30,000 for three months in private hostels,’’ said Bonojit Hussain, a member of the group. He added that the cost of rooms in the PG hostels has gone up as much as three times also affecting not just the 1200 students evicted from college hostels, but also the other students who have come to DU from different cities.
While the colleges get to charge tariff from the tourists who come visiting during the Games, the students are being forced to pay exorbitant rents outside ‘‘which does not include food or electricity bills.’’ Bikram Bohra, a second-year student of BA (honours) history at Ramjas College, said, ‘‘I am now managing in a flat in Vijay Nagar with three others at Rs 10,000 per month.”