KU to impose fine on roadside parking inside campus

Authorities at Kashmir University have decided to impose fine on roadside parking of vehicle inside campus.

The order in this regard has been issued by Chief Proctor KU, Prof Naseer Iqbal, on May 17.

“No roadside parking will be allowed and a fine of Rs 300 will be imposed on the violators,” reads the order.

The order has been issued after the KU administration failed to implement the ban on movement of vehicles inside the campus, which was ordered during NAAC team’s visit to the varsity in first week of this month.

The vehicle ban ran out of steam after an official panel last Wednesday recommended entry of vehicles of “desirous” teachers and staff members into the campus after obtaining special passes from the authorities concerned.

The recommendation was given days after the varsity administration imposed a blanket ban on entry of vehicles into the campus to make it “greener”.

Meanwhile, the latest order states that a joint statement of Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA), Kashmir University Officers Association (KUOA) and Kashmir University Ministerial Staff Association (KUMSA) recommended that “desirous” employees of varsity having problems may be provided vehicle passes on demand till adequate arrangements are made by the administration.

“However, this provision will be revisited and reviewed when alternate arrangements are in place,” the order reads.

The university employees, research scholars and students, desirous to carry their vehicles to their respective departments have been asked to approach the office of the Chief Proctor with proper application and justification to get a special vehicle entry pass.

“It is further impressed upon such employees and students to park their vehicles strictly at designated parking slots within the campus,” the order reads.

Though the teacher’s body had extended support to the proposal of banning vehicles inside the campus, in a volte-face it later recommended issuance of special passes to the “desirous” employees.

“We had already made it clear that our support was conditional. When KU administration imposed ban on vehicle movement inside campus, it should have made adequate alternate arrangements for the employees of the varsity,” President KUTA Prof Muheet said.

He said the initiative of green campus was proposed by KUTA in 2017. “The order was issued in haste without any policy. And initiative of green campus is not only about restriction on vehicles but it bans burning of leaves and curbing other kind of pollutions,” he said.

He said the university was not able to provide alternate facilities after imposing ban on vehicles “so they have no right to stop entry of vehicles inside campus”.

Registrar KU Nisar Ahmad Mir said they will provide all alternate arrangements for varsity employees to implement the vehicle ban.