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Panjab University launches E-rickshaws, paid parking facilities

Though the e-rickshaw rides were free on the inaugural day, Rs 10 will be charged for the service from Thursday.

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Eco Friendly E-Rickshaw at Panjab University Chandigarh on Wednesday, May 18 2016. Express Photo by Sahil Walia

The Panjab University authorities launched the facilities of paid parking and e-rickshaws on Wednesday.

While the paid parking facility is for outsiders, the e-rickshaws are launched for students, employees and public to travel around the campus.

The e-rickshaws were inaugurated by UT Adviser Parimal Rai at the university.

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Though the e-rickshaw rides were free on the inaugural day, Rs 10 will be charged for the service from Thursday.

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PU registrar Col G S Chadha (Retd) said: “e-rickshaws will be there at the entrance of Gate No 1, where students, faculty and outsiders can avail them at their own convenience for moving around the campus. Apart from the e-rickshaw, we also have a free shuttle bus service available at different stops.”

There are 10 designated stops on the campus for the shuttle buses within an interval of 15 minutes. The e-rickshaws can be availed from anywhere on the campus within an interval of 10 minutes. “The buses drop people at designated stops, while the e-rickshaws will drop them to the desired locations,” said a PU spokesperson.

The paid parking facility, however, is strictly for outsiders. The parking charge is Rs 5 and Rs 10 for two-wheelers and four wheelers, respectively.

“At Gate No 1, the cars will be checked. Most students and employees have cars with stickers on them for identification. The outsiders, including parents of students, students seeking admission and public, will be required to park their cars near Gate No 1 parking area and then take the e-rickshaws to tour the campus,” Chadha said.

The paid parking is being limited to Gate No. 1 as of now. According to the university officials, it will be extended to parking areas at all gates and places across the campus.

“We have limited people coming from Gate No 2 who come to access the post office, the State Bank of India or the market area. Though they are checked at present, the the parking fee has not been introduced there yet. It will be applied to the other parking lots,” Chadha said.

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Talking about the reason behind the paid parking, Chadha said: “It’s a minimal fee that the visitors need to pay for entering the university much like a self-sustaining revenue model where the parking fee will go to the e-rickshaws drivers.”