The lone fuel filling station at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has dried up and it seems unlikely that re-filling will be done anytime soon.
Now the officials, students and faculty of PAU are a harrowed lot as one has to move out of the huge campus to get fuel re-filled.
The fuel filling station of PAU is operated under the state government and sources said that following the expiry of licence, issues are being faced by the varsity in getting the same renewed.
Earlier, PAU used to issue coupons to the vehicles of the vice-chancellor, research directorate and other officials, and fuel was filled in exchange of those coupons- a system which was put aside. Also, the filling station was not meant for the faculty and students, but later, the norms were relaxed.
“We move throughout the varsity for research work, and fields are located at large distances from each other within the varsity. Earlier, the PAU filling station was of great help as it was located within the campus and also near the fields. But now we have to move out of the varsity, leaving work midway, just to get fuel. The girls are more at the receiving end than boys,” said Nirmal Singh, a student of PhD.
Karanvir Singh Sandhu, representative from PAU Students’ Union (PAUSA), said, “When a facility is available on the campus, it must be used. The varsity should get the fuel re-filled as soon as possible. Students, especially those who live in hostels on the campus and use vehicles to commute within the campus, are facing problems.”
An employee from a storehouse of PAU which manages the filling station said tankers of 15,000 litres capacity each are installed at the filling station, but due to some issues in license renewal, the fuel is not being re-filled. He added that while ideally the filling station was meant for PAU official vehicles only, students were never denied fuel in times of crisis.
“We never deny fuel to students, although ideally, the station is for PAU official vehicles only. But there is no fuel presently,” he added.
Sandeep Kapur, Comptroller, PAU, told Newsline, “The process is on to get the licence renewed at the earliest, but we cannot promise any deadline. However, we are yet to decide whether fuel will be provided to students in the coming days.”