Construction of new blocks shrinks parking space, greenbelt at JU

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Staff member
The construction of new buildings/blocks, which have been going on in the University of Jammu (JU) has virtually turned the varsity into a concrete jungle. The seriousness of the matter can be gauged from the fact that parking space outside the department where construction is taking place has been shrunk considerably.
After just entering the varsity campus, shrinking parking space for vehicles outside the Controller of Examination office where a new building has been constructed is clearly visible with vehicles (two-wheelers and four-wheelers) being parked on either side of the road.
“A few years ago there was so much greenery in the Universuty of Jammu. It had beautiful grounds with lush green grass, but all of a sudden it vanished. It is because of allowing of rapid pace of construction on the campus in the name of strengthening infrastructure by the varsity authorities,” said Nisar, a research scholar.
“There are now no more grounds available for the students to sit as the JU authorities seem to be more interested in raising tall structures rather than protecting the greenery which is so important,” another student Rajiv maintained.
“JU is probably one of the most congested varsities in the country. There seems to be no proper plan to solve the issue of shrinking space, which is really been a matter of great concern. If the things continue like this, time is not far away when we will find only structures and no ground at all in the varsity,” he added.
Sources said JU campus is spread over an area of about 118.70 acres. Keeping in view the decreasing space due to new construction in the recent past, the varsity for its expansion needs around 120 acres of additional land.
When contacted, Prof Keshav Sharma, Registrar, JU, admitted that the overall space of the varsity campus had shrunk considerable due to new construction. “Construction is also necessary because of strengthening infrastructure of the varsity, but at the same time the shrinking space has been a major concern,” said the JU Registrar.