Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University will now be able to ply in special buses from various Metro stations to the campus.
Transport Minister Ramakant Goswani inaugurated the DTC route No. 507A from JNU on Thursday. Students special bus and Metro feeder buses were flagged off at the university. The service will formally begin from Saturday,officials of the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) said.
Speaking on the occasion,Goswami said the government was committed to providing reliable public transport system to students. Hence,the Transport department has started launching services connecting various colleges with areas where students reside.
Better transport facility for students has been one of the main issues during the students union election held last year. JNU officials said the student strength had almost doubled in the last two years. Over 7,000 students are currently enrolled at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Vice-Chancellor SK Sopory said,This has been a long-standing demand of JNU students and faculty and we are very happy that these feeder buses have finally been rolled out.
He said he had personally followed up the proposal with the Transport department.
Sopory said a second proposal concerning transport facility within the campus has still not been able to take off as the university is yet to get financial support for the project.
In February 2013,students had held agitations raising various issues including better transportation facilities for JNU community.
Most of the students travel to various parts of Delhi as part of their research work and to different libraries in the city. Many of them depend on Delhi Metro, NSUI vice-president Roji John said.
The nearest Metro station to JNU is Hauz Khaz which is nearly 4 km from the university.
The metro feeder buses will operate on the campus apart from a new DTC bus – 507A. This bus will operate from 7 am onwards,at an interval of 35 minutes,officials said.
Depending on the number of commuters,officials said DTC will increase the frequency.
The route will be: Poorvanchal Hostel-JNU North Gate – BerSarai -IIT Gate- HauzKhas -Green Park -AIIMS-INA Market-Safdarjung Airport Terminal and return via the same route.
Goswami said the frequency of buses for students will be increased during peak hours.