Srinagar, Nov 27: South Kashmir students who are studying at the main campus of the Central University are facing severe troubles as they do not have adequate transport facilities to reach to their homes located in volatile parts of Kashmir.
Although the University has its own buses but pick and drop facility is available to the students of Srinagar only. Everyday day, the University buses drop the students of South Kashmir, who are enrolled in different courses at the main Campus Ganderabal, at Panthachowk Byepass on the outskirts of Srinagar, leaving them to fend for themselves in getting home in the evening hours.
The problems get exacerbated by the lack of public transport after dusk, “when we reach near bypass we have to wait for hours for a bus or a Sumo. We have to face the rush situation and travel by standing in the overcrowded buses,” girl students studying Life Science at the university said.
A group of girl students said their parents are concerned about their safety,” I receive a number of calls from my parents enquiring about my safety until I reach home. Sometimes my brother picks me up; other times I have to walk several kilometres in search of a transport,” a student said, adding the cab drivers also charge exorbitant rates after dusk.
The students alleged that the University administration has failed to ensure the transport facilities. “We have been repeatedly asking for the transport facilities but to no avail”, a student said.
Public Relations officer, Arshad Meraj, when contacted said the students have to pay for the services. “The students have to pay for the transport facilities if they want us to extend it to the South Kashmir. But, for that, they have to visit our office. The services are free within the limits of Srinagar only,” he said.
He added the administration has received the representation of the students. “We have received their representation from the students and discussed the matter,” he said.