DU faces an acute parking space management problem

Dhaka’s century-old university has a lot of problems; shortage of dormitories for students, housing for teachers, poor water supply and waste management. Add parking problems to the list.

Cars, motorbikes and bicycles, parked on the road in front of and around the arts building, are a common scenario. With no officially designated spaces, many are forced to park their vehicles haphazardly, UNB reports.

“Usually the university administration doesn’t allow us to park here, but exceptions are made for special guests and visitors,” said driver Abu Hanif, who parked his car in front of the building. Arts.

Asked about car parking at Shadow, a corridor next to the arts building where a space is reserved for parking, Abu Hanif said the space was too small to accommodate the growing number of vehicles.

Another driver, Saiff Kader, said: “It’s a decent space for us to park here. But the university administration does not allow us to stay here long.

“Sometimes they also file complaints,” he added.

DU campus car parks

However, it should be mentioned that only 15 cars can be parked at a time in the shade and it is the only parking area in the Faculty of Arts. In addition, Shadow is reserved for teachers’ vehicles. And there is no parking area for student and tutor vehicles.

On the other hand, the parking lots of the Faculty of Business Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Institute of Business Administration and the Faculty of Science are a bit different.

The Faculty of Commerce has two parking lots, one for teachers and the other for students. Most of the time, in business faculties, vehicles are seen parked systematically.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Social Sciences has its parking lot in its basement but the facilities are not sufficient.

Also, University vehicles to transport students, teachers and staff can be seen parked on the road on Mall Chattor and on the north side of the Jagannath Hall Playground.

Due to the lack of proper parking facilities, parking anywhere on campus has become a problem not only in the academic parts of campus, but also in dormitories and in the central library.

Bicycles and motorbikes are seen parked in hallways and lobby passageways as there is no allocated space for parking.

In addition, the facade of the libraries is cluttered with student bicycles and motorbikes.

The suffering of students

Anis Hossen, a 2nd year student in the Department of Management Information Systems, said, “Sometimes it looks like the whole campus is a parking zone, because you can see cars, motorbikes and buses are parked. anywhere on campus.”

Imon Hasan, a 2nd-year student from the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management regretted that the campus has become a highway where there is no one to monitor the parking of vehicles.

“I’ve never seen the front of the Teacher-Student Center (TSC) area empty. I don’t know when it turned into a rickshaw stand!” he added.

Students cannot navigate campus roads easily due to unauthorized parking and excessive traffic from outside vehicles, the students said.

What the relevant authorities say

“We do our best to maintain discipline but we also have to be human. We have to admit that we don’t have enough space to park but we have to park our cars, buses and other vehicles,” the vice said. -Chancellor (Admin) Pr Dr Abdus Samad.

“Also, foreign vehicles such as secretarial cars are parked on campus. We all know that public transport should not be allowed on campus, but we have to allow it because it is a problem. national.” he added.

He also said, “Before making a difficult decision, we should think twice about our ability.”

“This problem will take a long time to be solved. We have to deal with this parking problem until the ‘Master Plan’ is implemented,” Prof Samad added.

Professor DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said: “Whenever we see cars in an area with no parking, we chase them away”,

Shafiqur Rahman, one of the managers of the university’s transport management office, said: “Actually, we don’t have enough space to park, even though we have a total of 23 vehicles at our disposal. .”

When contacted, the University of Dhaka property manager, Fatema Binte Mustafa, refused to speak by mobile phone about the matter.

Master plan to improve parking

Apart from the new high-rise university buildings, the Tk 90 billion master plan, marking the university’s 100th anniversary, includes the development of transport services with parking facilities. It also contains new roads with bike lanes and overpasses.

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