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No thoroughfare: Varsity puts curbs on entry to campus

The University of Pune has decided to restrict entry to its premises to prevent roads on the campus being used as thoroughfare.

Written by Pupul Chatterjee |
January 28, 2012 1:56:24 am

The University of Pune (UoP) has decided to restrict entry to its premises to prevent roads on the campus being used as thoroughfare. Of the six gates,three have been closed down from January 24 and a team of about six security guards each has been posted at the main gate and the gate that serves as the entry-exit point for the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and the National Centre for Radio Astronomy (NCRA).

The Millennium Gate and the ones that lead to Aundh and Khadki railway station have been shut for long now. The wicket gate near the teachers’ quarters,meant only for those on foot,will remain open as it does not facilitate the entry of vehicles.

Special stickers have been issued for vehicles owned by the staff of IUCAA,NCRA,Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC),National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS) and other institutions running from the UoP premises.

Visitors of IUCAA and NCRA will be required to use the gate near IUCAA and not the main gate. At night,the main gate will be the only entry/exit point for the entire campus.

Sanjay Chahande,acting vice-chancellor,who has taken this initiative,said,“This decision was taken keeping in mind the security of our staff and students. We need to maintain the sanctity of an educational institution and want to cut down on unnecessary footfall. Even among visitors,only those who have official work will be allowed to enter after they mention exactly which department they want to visit. We cannot go on allowing the roads to be used as a shortcut between Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) city limits.”

Students will be allowed in only after showing their identity cards. Of the two lanes from the main gate,visitors will be allowed in only through the left lane after they fill up the visitors’ register. The right lane will be for the university staff.

“Two check points have been created,one near the gate for students and another about 200m away from the main gate for visitors. At the visitors point,guards have been instructed to stop all visitors vehicles,get the registered filled,with special attention to the vehicle numbers. We want to keep a track of all the vehicles that enter and leave the premises. We have ensured that the check point is created far enough from the main gate so that traffic on the main road outside the university is not affected. So far,we have received positive feedback on this new arrangement,” said an official from the security cell of UoP.

“The University may be in the Shivajinagar area,but the campus and the roads inside it are the varsity’s property. It does not come under the PMC jurisdiction. It is for them to decide whether they want to allow the roads to be used as shortcut between PMC and PCMC,” said Anil Bhosale,corporator from Shivajinagar.

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