HYDERABAD: The trend that universities are rolling out new circulars everyday banning one thing or the other is in vogue. Now that some universities have been non-veg food and some have banned alcohol, Osmania University probably wished to join the list by banning the entry of all the private vehicles through its major roads from Tuesday.
Wondering why the varsity decided to restrict the free mobility of vehicles all around the clock, the registrar of the university Ch Gopal Reddy stated that this decision was taken as there were a number of incidents that occurred on the road comprising of fatal accidents. It was also articulately put that this decision was solely taken for the safety and welfare of the students and pedestrians on campus.
Highlighting the regular clashes between the students and the owners of the vehicles, they said that the varsity had to take action to regulate the annually rising traffic in that area as there were repeated complaints from the student community.
The recent protest held by the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, demanded traffic-free roads on campus. The university not only plans to close its internal roads but as a part of the decision is also at the edge of shutting the entry point leading to the campus.
It is pretty certain that this decision will be impacting a number of people who prefer this roadway in their daily life. Not only the students of the university but also people from residing areas like Nallakunta, Habsiguda, Tarnaka, Vidyanagar etc use this road on a day-today basis. The road which runs from the Arts college was recently black-topped on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the university as the former President Pranab Mukherjee had visited the city for the event.
While you may believe that it is solely the current scenario which compelled the authorities to take this decision but it was on their list since last year for the regular traffic. This closure may create issues for the regular ones taking this road, hence, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is working on a detailed project to identify and construct a parallel link from OU.
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