Rickshawpullers falling over each other to ferry students around is a common sight outside Vishwavidyalaya — Delhi University (DU) Metro station. What ensues is a battle between students and rickshawpullers, haggling over fares.
However, it may soon become a thing of the past, with DU working out plans to make commuting on the campus student-friendly.
Even though the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had set-up a cycle stand at the station, which students use liberally, the facility sees fewer cycles and a steady fare — something that students are trying to avoid.
“In the North Campus, we have to keep moving around between departments and colleges and it becomes difficult to keep paying for rickshaws. For most of us with limited pocket money, it is usually difficult to keep paying for rickshaws and bus fares. Sometimes, we have to walk long distances to college to save our pocket money. The university needs to provide cheaper services because we already spend a lot of extra money on academics,” said Akash Sharma, a student of Kirori Mal College.
Meanwhile, Delhi University officials are still trying to work out the dynamics of a cheaper and viable mode of transport for students. “We want to make travel on the campus a hassle-free affair for students. At the moment, there is too much vehicular traffic on the campus area, which we need to phase out. We are trying to work out a viable system of transport for students. There is a plan for which the modalities are yet to be worked out,” said a senior DU official.
However, the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) has said that employing an alternate system of transport may not be feasible, keeping in mind the university’s geographic structure.
“Since DU is an open campus, a plan of providing free transport may not work out here as there may be rampant cases of theft. This is possible on a closed campus, but not in a place like North campus. We have several alternate suggestions, but we need to pay more attention since a lot of visitors, other than students, frequent the campus,” said Ajay Chhikara, president, DUSU.