October 20, 2011 12:41:25 am
The environment friendly project of PU,where bicycles were to replace the ever increasing number of cars and two-wheelers on campus,is gathering dust,even before its implementation. With no budget allocation for bicycles in PUs financial budget,the project is at the mercy of donors.
What is more surprising is that the otherwise cash rich university with Central funding status and a recent release of funds worth Rs 180 crore,failed to generate funds required for the bicycles which were aimed to de-congest the already choked campus of vehicles and to resolve the problem of limited parking space.
The Dean of Students Welfare,Prof A S Ahluwalia said,There is no budget allocation for bicycles in PUs financial budget. We cannot spend out of our own pockets. I want to start this project as the feedback we received after its announcement was very encouraging. Some teachers were willing to donate bicycles. We are also hoping to receive a similar kind of response from organisations which can donate these for the students benefits.
The project was Ahluwalias brainchild,being an environmentalist,he wanted to encourage both students and faculty to use bicycles on campus. Initially,the authorities wanted to introduce the concept with 100 bicycles free of cost to anybody commuting on the campus. The users could pick it and park it anywhere from among the designated parking areas without any fee. For ensuring these do not get stolen or taken illegally out of campus,these were supposed to be painted in uniquely colours.
This was not the only proposal mooted by the authorities to check vehicle menace. In the wake of choked parking areas in hostels,the Vice-Chancellor,Prof R C Sobti,had also announced that the hostel accommodation in first-year will be available to only those submitting an affidavit that they do not own a car,but this proposal failed to be implemented.
Little conviction for change
* Around three years ago,one of the Ludhiana-based bicycle manufacturing company had donated around 15 bicycles to PU. Out of these,two were sophisticated vehicles with gears. This was donated in response to a request made by the authorities in order to check pollution on campus. Soon after that,in order to set an example,the Vice-Chancellor,Prof R C Sobti,had announced that he would use his bicycle on campus every Monday. But it seemed that this conviction was soon forgotten by all.
* A proposal for a multi-level parking lot on campus has been proposed and budget allocated this year.
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