If things fall in line,electric-driven trams may soon chug on tracks on the Lovely Professional University campus,situated in the fertile Doaba region of Punjab.
The LPU has already written to the Punjab government seeking permission to launch the public transport system,and if granted nod,it would be only second place in India,after Kolkata,to have the eco-friendly service.
Chancellor of the university,Ashok Mittal,said that talks are on with Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) Ltd – which operates trams in Kolkata.
CTC has given its nod to share the technical know-how with us,and by 2014 LPU will have a dedicated tram system, Mittal said,adding that a circular ring needs to be created to allow the trams to run across the 600-acres campus.
Mittal said that the need for an intra-campus,cost effective and non-polluting transport system was felt after observing that the students and staff had to traverse long distances within the huge campus.
The university invited proposals from the students to address the challenge and several suggestions – ranging from CNG-run auto-rickshaws,electric rickshaws,mini-buses to mono-rails – were received.
Finally,it was decided to go for trams. A teams of students were working on this project approached the CTC to keep the project cost-effective.