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  • Punjab Engineering College campus to be vehicle-free

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    With increasing rate of accidents inside the campus, one of which caused the death of a student at Punjab Engineering Campus, Officials decided to take some serious action. So if you are one of those who like to drive on the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) campus, be prepared to stop zipping through those sylvan surroundings from January 14, 2013.

    In a meeting held on Tuesday, senior PEC functionaries decided to make the campus vehicle-free. Officials present at the crucial meet included director, chairman of estate and works, estate officer, dean, students welfare (DSW), officer in-charge of security and convener of the students council. The decision will be implemented in three phases, with phase one starting on January 14, 2013.

    In this phase, a few zones will be made vehicle-free and temporary parking areas will be provided between 7am and 5.30pm.The vehicle-free zone will include the road from PEC market covering Verka Block, metallurgical parking, student cafe to the Sehaj Safai Kendra and the road in front of the auditorium.

    Parking areas will also be restricted to prevent chaos. Students will be required to park their two-wheelers in the area parallel to the outer boundary wall inside the institute football ground.

    Final phase will see permanent student parking areas. Two-wheelers will be allowed to enter and exit the campus only from Gate No 1 while four-wheeler parking for students would be earmarked in the area next to the basketball court.

    Gate No 3 will be the entry and exit point for four-wheelers. Other parking areas will be restricted to faculty, staff members and related people. In the second phase, temporary parking areas will function for 24 hours. Hostel parking will be shifted to the temporary student parking area.

    Speed breakers will be installed in certain areas. "In the final phase, student parking areas will be made permanent and other measures will be taken as required," a PEC official said. The decision comes in the wake of the death of 21-year-old PEC student Charu Mehta, in an accident caused by the negligently driven vehicle of another PEC student.

    This call for transforming college campus to a vehicle-free zone is a unique step taken by PEC officials to cut short the rate of accidents to nil, ensuring safety of the students inside the campus.