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Panjab University to be vehicle-free by July end

No outsider vehicle will be allowed. No student will be allowed to enter the campus after 5pm and on university holidays, without permission. Students studying in the department of evening studies will be allowed in only on two-wheelers, with a valid identity card.

punjab Updated: Jul 01, 2017 11:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Outside vehicles will not be allowed  to enter the campus.
Outside vehicles will not be allowed to enter the campus.(HT File Photo)

As the new academic session 2017-18 will start from July end, Panjab University (PU) campus will become vehicle-free. The decision to recommend vehicle restriction on the campus was finally given a nod by the PU administration on Friday.

ID card a must

No outsider vehicle will be allowed. No student will be allowed to enter the campus after 5pm and on university holidays, without permission. Students studying in the department of evening studies will be allowed in only on two-wheelers, with a valid identity card.

However, if a registered four-wheeler with a sticker is entering the campus carrying more than one student, then each student should have his/her own valid identity card.

Teaching/non-teaching staff of PU-affiliated colleges will also be required to carry their identity cards. PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) said that all necessary steps are being taken to make PU a ‘no-vehicle zone’ from the new academic session. 

What PU has missed 
  • PU is likely to be chaotic even after implementation of no-vehicle zone because of the following:
  • No adequate space in the parking area at gate number 1
  • Parking available in front of the students’ centre and Arts Block 3 not utilised properly
  • Lack of manpower to check the security at the gates
  • No time limit set to distribute the new stickers to the staff and students
  • E-rickshaw facility is not available in the morning till 9.30am as per the complaints 

Provisions will be made to place five boom barriers and check gates at four places. The registrar said that the academic area will be duly cordoned off for vehicles which do not have university parking stickers.

He added that the frequency of the shuttle bus services, already in service, will be enhanced, covering gates number 1, 2 and 3. “Sufficient parking for around 200 cars is already in use and another one near gate number 2 will be ready soon,” said Col Chadha.

Stickers to become staple

The registrar said that from the new academic session, new stickers for vehicles will be specially made in three colours - green for faculty, brown for staff/resident and blue for students. In lieu of this, the old stickers will be cancelled. He further added that fresh students will not be allowed to come to department on four-wheelers from the commencing academic session. Only two-wheelers and cycles will be allowed.

They say

Karuna, a research scholar in the department of public administration, said, “There certainly should be a restriction on vehicles as it will solve the problem of outsiders.” Another student, Parul Chaudhary hopes that it will reduce traffic and pollution. She said, “The public transport should be on point when the ban is in effect.” 

Anuj Bhadu, a PhD scholar, believes that banning the vehicles will bring in a sense of equality among the students. He said, “The authorities will have to come up with a properly regulated alternative. The current bus service is very poor. The ban will help improve the environment in campus, and reduce the noise too.”

Policies which had fallen flat

It was in 2007 when 15 cycles were donated to the PU officials to promote cycling. PU had also decided to observe the first Monday of every month a vehicle-free day in the campus and instead use cycles.

In 2010,  PU had initiated to provide cycle loans to students but even after personal appeal made to the students and staff. In 2013, PU had planned to make the area from Gandhi Bhavan till Arts Block 3 and 4 as vehicle-free zone.