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A literal roadblock for DU visitors

Students coming to the Delhi University (DU) to buy and submit application forms have to cross numerous hurdles, literally.

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2010 23:57 IST
Mallica Joshi

Students coming to the Delhi University (DU) to buy and submit application forms have to cross numerous hurdles, literally.

With the street-scaping project for the upcoming Commonwealth Games underway in the city, colleges have become a hazard zone.

At many places, iron rods are protruding out of the dug-up footpaths and there are no barricades to cover the area. “Every day, two to three people trip over the rubble and wires that are lying outside the Faculty of Arts,” said Kripa Ram Singh, a rickshaw-puller at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station.

Adding to the woes of the students are traffic jams that plague the North Campus everyday. “Since there is no place for pedestrians, it’s all very chaotic on the roads,” said Nakul Kapoor, 18.

“It is very dangerous. Anyone can fall on the protruding iron rods and get seriously injured,” an auto driver adds.
The Faculty of Arts is not the only institution affected by the project. Areas outside St. Stephen’s College, Hindu College, Miranda House and Faculty of Management Studies are also dug up.

“Everything here is a dug-up mess. This is not the image of Delhi I had in mind,” said Kritika Khanna, an aspirant who lives in Kanpur.

Colleges in North Campus are not the only ones suffering. The footpath outside Kamla Nehru College and Gargi College on Siri Fort Road is also dug up leaving students fuming.

“Why is there lack of planning? The admission process kicks-off around the same time each year. Why couldn’t the authorities plan the street-scaping project at another time?” said a hassled Kanika Sharma, who submitted her application form at Gargi College.

The street-scaping project will go on till the cut-off lists come out on June 22. “The deadline to complete the work is June 30. We will find out about the missing barricades as it is important to have them in place,” said MCD Spokesperson Deep Mathur.