After the incident of a student who was attacked by chain snatchers while walking from the college to his car, keeping in mind the safety of the students. University of Delhi (DU) has decided to allot parking spots to the students.
On 7th January 2020, a student of Kirori Mal College was attacked by a group of chain snatchers on bikes after he was leaving his college around 5 PM, to reach his car parked outside the campus in Kamla Nagar.
After the incident reached the Dean of Students’ Welfare, a proposal was made to the University Administration to allot parking spaces within college premises to the students to ensure their safety.
A press meet was conducted at VC Lawns, North Campus, University of Delhi, to apprise the students of this new initiative. With the construction of the 39-Storey building on campus, the safety of the students has already been compromised.
Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, in the meeting said, “This is a rare occasion where the colleges are opening their garages to normal university students. The students will also be given proper security in garages to avoid malpractices in the garage. The students are welcomed to give further suggestions for their well-being.”
DU observes lakhs of applications every year. Hence, all cannot be accommodated within the campus with their vehicles. As per the University guidelines, students would be allotted spaces on merit basis.
However, this doesn’t solve the dearth of parking spaces for all students. Hence, other than the University of Delhi (DU) parking lot, other parking lots near the vicinity of both, south campus and north campus to be open. These parking lots are said to have security 24*7 to prevent any crimes.
Tarsh Verma, Student, Sri Venkateswara College said, “This is a great initiative by the college administration. I widely appreciate it as it will even reduce the time we students spend trying to find parking spots.”
This initiative is expected to reduce the number of cars parked in the University sphere that cause traffic jams, reduction of driving space in roads and prevent walking space on footpaths.
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