Panjab University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover has grand plans to solve the problem of congestion on the campus, provided all what he has on mind gets materialised. Talking to mediapersons on Wednesday, the V-C said the university would not allow parking of vehicles on both sides of roads to check congestion.
"To restrict number of vehicles on the campus, we are working on increasing shuttle bus service from adjoining sectors where big parking lots are proposed. We are working on it. Hopefully, the problem would be solved soon," the V-C said.
Grover added that many a road on the campus would be made no-vehicle zones. "All these details are being worked out. When a proper bus service is in place, we can initiate measures to restrict the number of vehicles entering the campus," the V-C said, adding that to make shuttle bus service successful, the frequency of buses has to be increased.
With the PU authorities turning a blind eye to traffic mess, it has resulted in congestion on the campus. But they started acting only after an incident in which two students of the University Institute of Legal Studies indulged in car racing on the campus on April 16, 2013.
To discourage students from keeping cars and to avoid congestion on the campus, the university has recently decided to issue special stickers to hostellers who own cars. They will be issued passes only after paying a certain amount of parking fee and vehicles found parked on the campus without these stickers would be impounded.
However, the real challenge for the administration would be to restrict the movement of vehicles on the campus during the day.
Officials say there are eight hostels each for boys and girls on PU campus, spread across 556 acres in Sectors 14 and 25. Each hostel has parking facility for 20-30 cars.
A senior official said a high-powered committee comprising dean, student welfare, and various senior officers are looking into the issue and some steps are likely to be taken soon.