Private vehicles likely to be banned at Manasagangothri

Private vehicles likely to be banned at Manasagangothri

The University of Mysore (UoM) is planning to impose a ban on the movement of private vehicles on its main campus - Manasagangotri. However, the vehicles of the students and staff members will be allowed, only with the passes.

Approximately 3,000 people enter the campus every day and depend on vehicles to reach their respective departments. The varsity will now issue passes to these vehicles to enter the campus.

As it is a huge campus, the authorities are also thinking to station bicycles or battery operated vehicles at the entry gates. However, private vehicles would be allowed only on the recommendations by the authorities concerned. However, a decision in this regard will be taken in the days to come, said UoM Registrar D Bharati.

"The move has been discussed during the Syndicate meeting recently and the guidelines have been prepared on the proposed ban on private vehicles. The matter will also be discussed further to look into the pros and cons," she added.

In order to ensure safety of the students and the staff members, speed limit will be fixed. "If necessary, we will also take the help of the traffic police to check the violation of motorists inside the campus," the Registrar added.

The initiative is aimed at avoiding misuse of the campus by the outsiders. Many motorists enter the campus to avoid traffic signals and also to escape from the traffic police checking for violations such as riding without helmet. The motorists, travelling to Saraswathipuram and other parts from Hunsur Road and J C Campus Road, enter Manasagangothri campus to avoid the traffic police. To ensure the safety of the students and to avoid the movements of public during night time, the varsity had installed gates at four points two years ago.

As of now, the campus is accessible to all and the main gates will be closed only in the evening. According to sources, anti-social elements enter the campus at late hours and disturb the varsity hostel students. The police had even seized a couple of unidentified vehicles that were parked inside the campus, it is said.

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