Panjab University has decided to establish its own set-up and staff to regulate vehicular movement on campus. The varsity has even earmarked an annual budget of Rs 30 lakh for the initiative, for which the varsity plans to hire 15 people. These would be trained in handling traffic.
A recent survey conducted by the university had reported that around 10,000 vehicles – students, employees and outsiders – enter the campus daily from all the three gates.
Consequently, traffic congestion and lack of parking space had come to beset the varsity staff and students, leading to clashed and loss in productivity. Traffic flow is also frequently obstructed on city roads due to the unfettered parking on the side of the roads, leading to jams and chaos.
PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) said, “Addressing the problem of traffic on campus is one of our priorities. We will request the Chandigarh traffic police to impart training to our staff. These will be deployed on all snarl-up points on the main and the South campus. Separate uniforms will also be provided to the new staff.”
He added that new measures will also be taken to address the problem of traffic congestion on campus. Separate parking areas will be designated and traffic signage will be installed at different locations on campus.
10,000 vehicles enter the campus daily from all the three gates.
15 number of people to be hired.
Rs 30 lakh annual earmarked budget.
Previous failed attempts
The varsity has made several attempts to address the problem of traffic, but with little success.
Last year, the university planned to restrict movement of vehicles on certain roads, which is yet to be implemented.
The ambitious project of multi-level parking has failed to take off.
PU had also written to PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, to get a study of vehicular traffic on campus done and suggest projects and other measures to avoid traffic chaos on the campus. PEC had sought details of vehicles in each department, which the university failed to provide.
A proposal to give bicycle loans for students was also mooted, but there were no takers for the scheme.
Bicycles were also given to university officials with a view to promote its use, and it was decided that the first Monday of every month will be observed as vehicle-free day. The initiative also fell firstname.lastname@example.org