It seems that the Panjab University authorities and PU Campus Students Council (PUCSC) are at loggerheads over the issue of decongesting traffic on the campus.
In a knee-jerk reaction to the car racing incident on April 16,the authorities are considering a proposal wherein hostel residents will be banned from keeping four-wheelers from the next academic session and the frequency of shuttle service for the students and teachers will be increased. The authorities are also contemplating issuing traffic challans on the campus.
However,the council has already decided to oppose certain ideas.
Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover had called a meeting on April 17 to discuss the incident and also asked the other stakeholders to look at ways and means to control heavy influx of vehicles on the campus.
However,the PUCSC insists that the majority of the students are against the idea of banning cars in hostels and issuing challans on the campus. Their solution: rather than banning students from keeping vehicles,outsiders should be banned from entering the varsity.
As a president of the council,I asked various students regarding the ideas that authorities are mulling to make the campus vehicle-free,but the majority of the students are against the proposal. Though we are in favour of a shuttle service,we are not in favour of banning vehicles and issuing challans on the campus, said PUCSC president Satinder Satti. We have decided to give a representation,maybe on Tuesday,to the authorities highlighting our views on their proposal.
However,Dean Students Welfare A S Ahluwalia said they were aware of the fact that there would be protests,but we have to control traffic on the campus.
Ahluwalia had said that those who could afford cars while staying in hostels,they could afford private accommodation as well.