With vehicular traffic on the campus becoming chaotic every day, the Panjab University (PU) has decided to take the help of a professional agency to suggest ways to curb the problem. The PU has written to PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, to get a study of vehicular traffic on the campus, get suggestions on projects and other measures to avoid traffic chaos on the campus.
Navdeep Goyal, dean student welfare, said that it was important to get a study done as to how many vehicles come to the campus everyday and what could the situation be in the future.
"We have been taking measures to improve traffic movement on the campus. Roads have been marked for parking, parking lots have been created at hostels and departments. But measures taken so far are only cosmetic measures," said Goyal.
An official said the letter had been written from vice-chancellor AK Grover to director of PEC Manoj Kumar Arora, to get a comprehensive study done by its civil engineering department and give projections for the future and suggest ways to improve mobility on the campus.
As a temporary measure, the hostels had been asked to create parking spaces wherever possible.
"Also the roads facing the student centre will be extended and connected with roads from the department of laws and will be a 'U' turn. It is expected to decongest areas around the student centre," Goyal added.
The PU also has plans to create eight paid parking lots on the campus. Places have been earmarked and construction wing of PU is working on the proposal. But the final decision is yet to be taken as cost worked out for the project is staggering on `60 lakh, which the officials said would be a huge amount.
Goyal said that the study would be carried out for both the campuses in Sector 14 as well as Sector 25, which houses University Institute of Engineering Technology and Dental Sciences College.
"Not only the main campus but the Sector 25 campus has also started facing the problem of traffic congestion and a large number of students come in cars. No major departments are expected to come up in the main campus but various projects are in the pipeline at the Sector 25 campus," he said adding that a comprehensive traffic plan was needed for UIET campus as well.