After numerous measures taken at PU to decongest the varsity roads failed to reduce traffic, the varsity has decided to adopt alternatives.
In a meeting held recently, varsity officials re-considered the old proposals and came up with new ones. The earlier suggestion to ban four-wheelers from the hostels had received cold shoulders from students, while the proposal to take an undertaking from hostellers to ensure registered parking space in the hostels also failed to work.
The university has now decided to divide the entry route from Gate no.1 in front of PGI into two entry points. “One way will provide entry to vehicles with PU stickers, while the other will be for vehicles without stickers. This will ensure proper checking of vehicles and identification of outsiders,” said Dean Student Welfare Professor Navdeep Goyal.
The system will be initially be introduced from June 15 at Gate no 1. If successful, it will be extended to Gate no. 2.
The varsity has also decided to take action to curb the practice of students parking their vehicles on both sides of the road. Keeping the paucity of parking space in mind the varsity will allow students to park on one specific side of the road, but if vehicles are found parked on the other (wrong) side, the vehicle will be towed away.
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As new proposals get nod from the committees, some old proposals have been rejected. These include the opening of Gate no. 4, near the Department of Laws, which was closed decades ago. “The UT administration was of the view that there could be a connectivity problem, and if the gate is opened then chances are that it might create traffic problem on the road leading to Sarangpur. The proposal was rejected,” added Professor Goyal.
Amidst all this, the university officials stood by their old proposal of making some varsity roads one-way. However, a strategy to work out the plan is yet to befinalised.