Bus drivers park vehicles in front of Baramulla college gate, students suffer

Bus drivers park vehicles in front of Baramulla college gate, students suffer

AKEEL RASHID
baramulla: The road in front of the Government Degree College (boys, Baramulla has virtually turned into a bus stand as the mini buses coming from the town side make sharp turns right in front of the college gate, endangering the lives of students.
The students of the college alleged that the drivers of the mini buses go on a rampage right in front of the college gate.
A group of students from the college told Kashmir Reader that the drivers while competing for the commuters outside the college try to outperform one another by doing sharp turns at high speed.
“Whenever I see a mini bus coming towards the main gate of our college, I make it sure that I don’t come in their way. Coming out of the college gate has become very dangerous for us as we don’t know when a high speed mini bus will stop right in front of us or even knock us down,” said a student, Javaid Ahmad Dar.
Some female students of the college alleged that the drivers of these mini buses pass lewd comments at them.
“The space outside the main gate of the college converts into a bus stand once classes are over. Girls really feel uncomfortable while waiting for the buses as some conductors and drivers go to the extent of eve teasing,” said a girl student of the college.
Many students of the college who had raised their voice against this were harassed and intimidated by the drivers. Sameer Wani, a student studying in media department of the college, said that he along with his two other friends had a narrow escape when a mini bus at a very high speed almost ran over them, a few days back.
“We had just shouted at the driver to slow down,” he said.
The students demanded that these mini buses, at-least, should be parked a few hundred metres ahead of the college. They also requested the local police to step in for their safety and dignity.
Deputy inspector general, north Kashmir, Gareeb Das said that every genuine demand of the students would be met and no one would be allowed to create nuisance near educational institutions.