The marooned hostel on the PES Institute of Technology campus on Hosur Road continued to be off limits on Saturday.
Nearly 20 motor pumps were pressed into service to remove water. A spokesperson of PES Group told The Hindu that the water level had reduced by around three feet. The water is being pumped into channels that have been dug in neighbouring fields. “We hope to reopen the college on Monday. We will take a decision depending on the situation on Sunday,” the spokesperson said.
C. Basavanna, Chief Fire Officer, said the Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services had stationed a boat and crew members on the campus on Saturday. “Now that the water-level has reduced, we will withdraw the same,” he said.
A student said, “We were not allowed to enter the campus. We have been told to contact the warden on Sunday evening.”
Students rescued from the marooned hostel have been temporarily put up in a hostel in PES University on Outer Ring Road in Banashankari. The students of Azim Premji University (APU), which is also inside the PESIT campus, have not been informed about when the college would reopen. “We received an email on Friday informing us that the Independence Day programme had been cancelled. We have not received any other information,” said Aditya Verghese, a PG student of APU.