KU seals Rumi gate, official cites ‘technical snag’

SRINAGAR: Authorities at the University of Kashmir have sealed the varsity’s Rumi gate for traffic “due to technical snag” causing inconvenience to visitors.
The Rumi and Budshah gates of the varsity were closed by the administration for motorists “all of a sudden” around a month ago, sources told Kashmir Reader.
Besides closing the Rumi gate for traffic, the administration has also sealed the following road stretch till the Vice Chancellor’s secretariat.
Although the Budshah gate at Naseem Bagh area of the varsity was opened by the KU administration, the Rumi gate remains closed for traffic much to the inconvenience to staff, students and visitors.
An official at KU said that the Rumi gate formed the key entry into the varsity and sealing it for traffic had caused a lot of inconvenience to them.
“You have the bank branch and DSW from that side due to which there is a massive rush of visitors from this gate. Since they sealed the whole road stretch, the commuters are suffering,” he said.
He said that sealing the Rumi gate for traffic had led to concentration of all the traffic through the Sir Syed Gate, which was the only entry into the campus till recently- causing traffic congestion there especially during peak hours.
Sealing the Rumi gate by the KU administration, as per an official, had also led to frequent traffic jams on the road stretch outside as commuters had been forced to park their vehicles on the roadside.
“It has choked the whole set up here. On one side, there have been circulars by authorities warning against roadside parking, but on the other hand, the circulars are being flouted openly. It is better for the administration to close the university,” he said.
Even though the KU campus had largely remained peaceful since the abrogation of Article 370 in August, the official questioned motive of the university administration in sealing the gate.
“What is the impression they are trying to create? Is there any background to seal the gates? What has happened?” he asked.
Registrar KU, Prof Nisar A Mir told Kashmir Reader that the gate had developed a “technical snag” which they were trying to fix through the Delhi-based firm, which had built it.
“Still, the campus has three gates and we have opened the Budshah gate for the visitors recently,” he added.

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