Despite the norm of getting vehicles both two-wheelers and four-wheelers registered at all hostels by residents at the time of taking admission or whenever a vehicle is bought during the academic session,more than 50 per cent of vehicles at all the boys hostels in the Panjab University campus are illegal.
While wardens expressed helplessness in checking this trend due to evading tactics adopted by the students,they accepted the fact of parking chaos at hostels led by this practice had reduced the parking space in hostels. The girls hostels are not prone to this menace,though they too share the problem of lack of parking space.
A random survey of the boys hostels revealed that there is a wide gap between the number of vehicles parked outside the hostels and those registered. Interestingly,the type of vehicles,especially four-wheelers,residents are having with them is also eye-catching. While,there are almost all the models of cars ranging from luxury to sports utility vehicles,a majority of them bear the registration number of Punjab. There are around 400 students in boys hostel number 1,2,3,4 and 5,this number is around 600 in hostel number 6 and around 500 in hostel number 7. As per the records almost 50 per cent of the vehicles are registered with the hostel. It is a common practice among the residents not to disclose if they have a vehicles to evade parking fee. Whenever it is detected,the residents are not allowed to park inside the hostel premises, revealed one of the wardens on the condition of anonymity.
There are also some boys hostels on the campus where the registration of vehicles is not more than 20-including both two-wheelers and four-wheelers,while the actual number parked would be more than 100.
This problem has also increased due to lack of parking areas on the campus. There were suggestions by faculty members that vacant areas like the Dussehra ground could be used as parking lot. Also,more than the hostel residents,the increasing number of vehicles on the campus is contributed by the day-scholars as well as outsiders, said warden of a girls hostel.
Surprisingly,the parking fee charged for two-wheelers by the hostels vary from Rs 60-70 per month,it is Rs 200 for four-wheelers. While,there is no parking fee for bicycles,these are hardly spotted on the campus.
When questioned from the president of Student Council Gurindervir Aulakh,who himself is a hostel resident and has a four-wheeler about the practice,he said,The Council will make attempts to spread awareness among the residents,especially boys to stop this practice and disclose the details of their vehicles.
We are very well aware about this problem. Steps would be taken to curb this by conducting random inspections at the hostels and imposing heavy fine on the defaulters. Also,the hostel wardens would be sensitised of this increasing practice and made to act tough against the violators. In addition to this,more parking lots are being identified to meet the demand of extra parking areas, shared the University Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti.
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