Students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Thursday protested demanding repair of roads in the campus. University authorities agreed to look into the matter as soon as possible.
The students marched from their hostels demanding repairs to potholed roads. They assembled outside the office of vice-chancellor and raised slogans against the government and authorities.
Jaskaran Mahal, the security officer, and Vishwajit Hans, estate officer, assured that work on roads will begin in the coming week. Puneet Inder Singh and Jaswinder Gujjar, students leading the agitation said, “Nobody listens to us till slogans are raised. Now, we have been asked to wait but if roads are not made in given time, agitation will continue.”
Jaspal Singh, chief engineer of PAU, said that an estimate of Rs 5.16 crore was sent to Punjab Mandi Board. “They released Rs 2 crore which was used to repair some roads but rest is still pending. We wrote on July 30 to release the funds but nothing has happened till now,” he said. Security at the university has been at high alert ever since the VC was heckled in Bathinda when he said that farmers were responsible the cotton crop damage.