Find a solution to the Bike Ban
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The number of accidents in Maulana Azad National Institute of technology, MANIT , have been on an increase in recent times. The college authority believes that the only way to prevent these accidents is by banning all kinds of motorized vehicles. What they don't realize is that MANIT is a 650 acre campus, with different departments spread everywhere , let alone the fact that being a National Institute, almost half of the students here are from other states. A vehicle is very necessary for them, to know the place and to get along with the people here. Vehicles are necessary for hostelers, like myself, to get amenities , food, and entertainment. They are equally necessary for day scholars as they have to travel everyday to the campus and sometimes the timings can get unpredictable. The teaching block themselves are around a kilometer and a half away from the hostels. Also the cab services only make the holes in the wallets larger. Most importantly, for students who have to get to their coaching classes, a vehicle ban is the worst thing that could happen to them.
The college authority has tried many things to fund their plan of banning the vehicles. Firstly they made it compulsory for students of the batch 2016-2017 , like myself, to submit affidavits declaring that they would not keep or drive motorized vehicles in the college campus. Secondly, many interviews and statements were given in the media about the same. When they realized that their efforts were going in vain when the senior students were still found driving their vehicles, the college authorities forced the students to sign an undertaking which gave them the power to hand over the vehicles that already were being parked in the campus to the traffic police. The threat that those who don't submit the undertaking won't be eligible to write the exams starting on the very next day made sure everyone submitted them. Another petty attempt was when the seniors tried to force the freshers to buy cycles, promising establishments of bus services after, which doesn't make sense at all.
An alternate solution could be that the college allows students to keep vehicles close to the college entrance by building a parking area, this would ensure the students get to explore the city and get amenities without trouble. To prevent these vehicles from getting inside the campus, barricades with guards could be set up, like a few which already exist. Also only vehicles with a fixed speed limit i.e. a speed controller could be allowed inside the campus. Better roads with speed breakers and other such means to prevent accidents could be established.
Banning vehicles has never been a solution to prevent accidents and it neither should be. The authorities have failed to provide bus or any other services to students as a compensation to the vehicle ban. Thus they need to realize these facts immediately for which talks with student representatives have to be established.
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