PU mulls banning of vehicles in hostels

In reaction to a car racing incident that shook Panjab University authorities two days ago,the varsity has come up with another idea to tackle the heavy influx of vehicles on the campus.

Written by Baninder Rahi | Chandigarh | Published: April 19, 2013 2:29 am

In reaction to a car racing incident that shook Panjab University (PU) authorities two days ago,the varsity has come up with another idea to tackle the heavy influx of vehicles on the campus.

The authorities are considering a proposal that residents of various hostels not be allowed to have cars from the coming academic session,2013-14. The authorities are also contemplating making certain varsity parking lots paid and issuing challans in case of parking of cars on the road sides.

In case of the teaching faculty,the authorities will ask those staying on the campus not to use vehicles in the campus. Shuttle service may also be made more frequent on the campus.

A few years ago,the varsity had asked the hostel residents to submit an affidavit saying that they will not keep cars in the first year of the courses. However,this failed to tackle the menace of vehicles on the campus. Secondly,the plan of the then Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti to promote cycles on the campus also failed. In 2007,as many as 15 bicycles were given to top officials,but till date nobody has peddled them.

Traffic jams on the campus during lunch time on various roads,is a common sight. In some of the hostels,the green belts have been converted into parking lots.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Dean Students Welfare (DSW) Prof A S Ahluwalia said that authorities are all set to tackle the menace of traffic on the campus. “We know that initially there will be protests,but it is the right time to control the traffic. It is a simple fact that if those staying in hostels can afford cars,then they can afford private accommodations outside the campus. Hostels are meant for needy ones who cannot afford rented accommodations,” he said.

“The idea wherein hostel residents were supposed to submit an affidavit did work,but students used to get their cars registered in the name of other senior students. We will ask traffic police to issue challans in all the cases where cars are parked on the road side,” he added.

Already,the Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover had called a meeting of authorities and asked them to work out modalities to control traffic on the campus. It had been also decided to make certain areas no-traffic zones.

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