The students of Panjab University have voted for banning student four-wheelers in the academic areas of both the PU campuses (PU Campus, Sector 14, and PU South Campus, Sector 25). As many as 6,515 votes were polled against allowing four-wheelers in the academic areas.
On the day of the student elections, i.e. August 26, a referendum was held by the university authorities to get the students’ opinion on the issue. For now, the authorities have banned entry of student four-wheelers only, as voted by the students themselves.
Before the elections, members of the Students’ For Society (SFS) had raised the issue of making the PU campus free of four-wheelers, claiming that the increase in the number of four-wheelers was leading to a lot of congestion inside the campus. In addition to this, SFS also claimed that if four-wheelers were to be banned inside the campus, there would be a decrease in the number of cases of sexual harassment on the campus.
The university authorities have identified certain areas on the campus where the traffic from the academic areas will now be diverted. “Parking lots will be made near Boys’ Hostel 1, Students’ Centre, Law Department, Boys’ Hostel 7 and other such identified spots. Students will park their cars in these areas, and then walk down near the academic areas of the two campuses. Now that the students have voted for the referendum, work regarding the same will be started shortly,” said Dean Students’ Welfare (Women) Nandita Shukla.
According to president of the Students’ Council, Jasmeen Kang, banning of vehicles just in the academic area is not necessarily the best solution to the problem of the increasing number of four-wheelers inside the campus. “The number of students and staff at PU has only been increasing, which will consequently lead to plying of more vehicles inside the campus.
The solution to this problem would be to set up proper parking facilities, instead of banning vehicles in certain areas. We are going to put forward a recommendation for the setting up of a multilevel parking facility opposite the academic block.”