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An uphill task for south campus students, literally

india Updated: Jun 17, 2010 01:33 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh
Joyeeta Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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For students studying in Ram Lal Anand College, Motilal Nehru College, South Campus and Venkateshwara College, all of which are located at Benito Juarez Marg, travelling to their respective institutions is an uphill task.

With only two buses, and extremely low frequency at that, students are left with no option but to walk or travel in autorickshaws.

“Since there are no buses that go to our college, we often have to walk in in this heat or avail the autorickshaws. We shell out anything between Rs 30 and Rs 60 everyday to reach the ring road,” said Supreet Kaur, a third-year student of Ram Lal Anand College.

Apart from accessibility, security is another issue. Both Motilal Nehru College and Ram Lal Anand College have evening sections and female students often find it difficult to walk after dusk.

“It is not only about students of evening colleges. Those who have Science practicals also have to stay back in college till late. We do not feel safe enough to walk through this stretch,” said Smita Singh, a student of Motilal Nehru College.

She added that during the admission season and elections, the scene is different. “At that time, some student unions run four wheelers or RTVs for students but as soon as the admissions or elections are over, it’s back to square one.”

“We have sent several mails to the transport minister and the chief minister’s office but that has not made much of a difference,” said Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean of Students’ Welfare, South Campus. The stretch houses five colleges with around 20,000 students and approximately 5,000 staff.

Apart from housing post-graduate students, the South Campus also has important centres such as the Examination Cell and the University Grants Commission centre, so a lot of students from south Delhi come to the campus everyday.

Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said, “The Benito Juarez Marg also has a school and that’s why buses are not allowed to ply. We will look into the matter and arrange for something such as running mini-buses or park-and-ride facility buses.”