In 2015, PU student elections, a majority of students had voted for not allowing students’ four-wheelers in academic zones in Sector-14 and Sector-25 campuses.(HT File Photo)
In 2015, PU student elections, a majority of students had voted for not allowing students’ four-wheelers in academic zones in Sector-14 and Sector-25 campuses.(HT File Photo)

After two years of deliberation, Panjab University to finally become no­-vehicle zone

University to table blueprint on removing traffic congestion at syndicate meeting tomorrow, no outsider­ vehicle policy on the agenda
By Bhartesh Singh Thakur | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2017 08:09 PM IST

After two years of collecting feedback of students, Panjab University (PU) has finally come up with a blueprint for decongestion of the Sector-14 campus, under which no outside vehicle will be allowed in the campus.

The blueprint, finalised by a committee headed by chief of university security prof Ashwani Koul, will be tabled at the syndicate meeting scheduled for May 28.

STUDENTS’ DEMAND HEARD

In 2015, PU student elections, a majority of students had voted for not allowing students’ four-wheelers in academic zones in Sector-14 and Sector-25 campuses.

While as many as 3,315 students (53.2%) had voted in favour of the motion for Sector-14 campus, 2,916 (46.2%) were against it. For Sector-25 campus, as many as 3,200 students (51.3%) had voted in favour of the motion, 3,034 (48.7%) were against it.

HOW TRAFFIC WILL BE MANAGED AT THE UNIVERSITY

Outsiders have to park their vehicles at gates 1, 2 and 3 and either have to take e-rickshaws (paid) or buses, which will ply free of cost.

The entry through gate 1 is for academic block, while through gate 2 is for those who have to visit market, bank, health centre and post office and those who want to go to residential quarters shall have to enter through gate number 3. At gate 1 the parking capacity is of 200 vehicles.

Three entries have been proposed for academic zone i) Near Gandhi Bhawan, where a boom barrier may be erected, ii) Near V-C office, vehicles will be allowed up to the roundabout and thereafter, a boom barrier may be erected, iii) Admnistrative block - where also one boom barrier may be erected and iv) From Ankur School’s side, a boom barrier may be erected so that nobody can go beyond without proper checking.

On an average, 700 students come by car, and keeping them at gates will not be possible, according to PU architect Harpreet Singh. He adds that 200 students in law department come by car. So, transient parking for them is not possible. A multilevel parking is required if they have to be restricted, says Singh.

BLUEPRINT AT A GLANCE

There will be boom barriers at five places and check gates at four places. The academic area will be duly cordoned off for the vehicles which do not have varsity’s parking stickers. If such vehicles are found parked in the area, they will be towed away.

The stickers issued to the teaching and non-teaching staff and students will be issued afresh with colour codes, and the old ones will be cancelled. The requirement of stickers for students has to be duly recommended by the chairperson of the department concerned.

VIOLATIONS TO ATTRACT PENALTY

Overspeeding, honking of horns, use of bikes without mufflers, vehicle without sticker and parking of vehicles in no-parking areas will be dealt with penalty. Initially, the fine could be of Rs 100, but it is yet to be finalised. The challan will be sent to the defaulter’s department with a copy to dean students’ welfare.

CYCLE DOCK STATIONS PLANNED

PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) has proposed that the project of Cycle Dock Stations to be introduced in the Sector 14 campus in the near future as a public transport.

The PU architect said that under it, 15 sites on the campus have been identified with 10 cycles each and the detail has been sent to the XEN-1 for feasibility study.

The registrar said that the facility is proposed to be provided to the staff/students free of cost. Anybody can use it. The user will pick up the cycle, use it for reaching his/her destination and park it in the nearest available cycle dock station.

The cycles will be coloured in such a way that the user will not be able to take it outside the campus.

Lessons to learn from Punjabi University: In Punjabi University, Patiala, there is a single entry gate on campus and there is a huge parking near the entry gate, which is why they are able to restrict the traffic at the main gate itself. There is a checkpoint near the entry gate manned by around 10 persons and one can’t enter the campus without verification.

SECURITY AT THE FOREFRONT

Adequate powers be given to security personnel to stop the vehicles for checking and issuing challans. For passing-out students, a three-member committee of security personnel to issue NOC will be formed.

The traffic staff and security personnel will have colourcoded uniforms. Volunteer traffic marshals from teaching and non-teaching staff will be appointed.

The wardens will be asked to provide details for vehicles to the security office, which will maintain the record of vehicles on a computer.

The DUI will issue instructions that newly-admitted students will not be allowed to come to the department in a fourwheeler from the commencement of academic session in August. Only two-wheelers and cycles will be allowed. Parking area will be earmarked for teachers, non-teaching staff and students of the departments.

The executive engineer will get the parking area marked with a white line. Parking will be allowed only on one side of the roads through the varsity. As of now, people on campus are parking on both sides of the roads.

WHAT ABOUT GUESTS?

The blueprint mandates prior intimation on phone about the visit of guests to the security office by the residents of the campus.

IMPACT ON STAKEHOLDERS

Teachers, non-teaching staff, existing students: Vehicles allowed, but only after they get new stickers issued

Newly-admitted students: Four-wheelers not allowed, two-wheelers and cycles allowed

Outsiders: Vehicles not allowed, will have to travel through e-rickshaws (paid) and buses, which will ply free-of-cost

The security staff on duty on entry gate will facilitate entry after due verification by issuing a temporary pass.

Similarly, anybody coming to the university for attending any function will have to provide prior information to the security office to facilitate his/her entry on campus by getting issued a temporary pass from the security staff on duty on gate.

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