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Traffic blues: PU panel recommends move to not allow newcomers enter campus in cars

The committee is also not in favour of allowing students to enter the campus after 5pm if they are not carrying valid identity (ID) card of the hostel or permission of the warden concerned.

punjab Updated: Jun 14, 2017 11:10 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Panjab University has taken a slew of measures in the past years, but has not been able to deal with the traffic problem.
Panjab University has taken a slew of measures in the past years, but has not been able to deal with the traffic problem.(HT File Photo)

Newcomers should not be allowed to enter the Panjab University campus in their cars from the coming academic session.

This is one of the recommendations of a high-powered committee set up by the PU syndicate to re-look at the suggestions of an earlier panel on dealing with overcrowding and traffic chaos on the campus.

The committee is also not in favour of allowing students to enter the campus after 5pm if they are not carrying valid identity (ID) card of the hostel or permission of the warden concerned.

There is a provision for Rs 100 fine per violation for over speeding, honking, parking vehicles in no-parking zones areas and moving in a vehicle sans the prescribed sticker.

For transit parking, Rs 10 be charged and vehicles be allowed to park only on one side of the road, the committee has recommended.

The university has been taking a slew of measures for the past several years, but has not been able to deal with the traffic problem.

In 2013, it was decided not to allow freshers admitted to PU hostels to bring their vehicles. The decision was never implemented properly. Since 2014, the entry of vehicles in the academic area has been restricted from 10pm to 5am.

During PU students’ council elections in 2015, a majority voted against allowing students to bring four-wheelers in academic zones in Sector-14 and Sector-25 campuses.

SUGGESTIONS
  • A committee of security officials will issue an NOC to former students to obtain degrees and other relevant documents
  • Security staff will be authorised to tow away vehicles sans valid stickers and parked in no-parking zones
  • Hostel wardens will be responsible for any vehicle parked in or around the hostel without sticker or registration with the hostel
  • Five boom barriers to be erected, including in front of the Gandhi Bhawan, near vice-chancellor’s office and administrative block, besides four check gates on the campus
  • No vehicles in academic block without stickers. Parking and no-parking zones to be earmarked. Teaching and non-teaching staff to give details of their vehicles
  • Wardens will have to provide details of registered vehicles to security office. Department chairpersons, directors, coordinators to provide details of vehicles used by teachers, non-teaching staff and students
  • Vehicle stickers to teaching, non-teaching staff and students to be issued afresh
  • Special jackets and helmets be procured for the traffic staff
  • Parking area to be marked with a white line.

‘ID CARD, PERMISSIONS MANDATORY’

The high-powered committee comprising eight members, including five senators, was set up by the syndicate, PU’s executive body, on May 28, 2017.

It has recommended that students attending the evening college on the campus will have to carry a valid ID card to enter the varsity. Moreover, they will be allowed to use only two-wheelers or bicycles.

Research scholars will have to carry their supervisor’s permission to enter the campus. They should be in a registered four-wheeler with the university sticker on it.

If there is more than one student in the car, each one of them should have a valid ID card.

Similarly, students visiting the library should carry the librarian’s permission, and they will have to leave their vehicles in the parking lot near Gate No. 1, the panel recommended.

In the syndicate meeting held on May 28, the blueprint for decongestion of the Sector-14 campus was discussed, following which this sub- committee was constituted with senator Varinder Gill as its chairperson.

The sub-committee did not agree with the earlier recommendation that a host will have to inform the security gate about arrival of his or her guest in advance.

Instead, it suggested that the gate staff can be informed on phone once the guest arrives, following which a temporary pass will be issued. Slug: Traffic blues on campus