Students complain as MIT terminates bus service2 min read
Manipal: The inter-campus bus service available for students living in the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) hostels came to halt on July 19. The decision which was taken by Manipal University (MU) officials has become a cause of inconvenience for those students living in the hostels.
The buses were primarily used by students living in the ninth, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th blocks. The buses used to stop at Kamath Circle (KC) for those who availed the services of the MIT food court.
The student council of MIT had taken up the matter of not having enough buses to cater to the needs of the students with the college authorities in March, following which the number of buses increased. But with the beginning of the academic year 2012-13, this service was stopped.
“The intention of the student council was to make the commute easier,” said a student of MIT, who wished to remain anonymous. “Cancelling the bus service is not the solution. Having 8000 students on campus moving between the academic and residential blocks by foot is far from practical,” he said, reflecting the opinion of many.
“There are many who are unhappy about the lack of buses,” said a third year student of MIT who wished to remain anonymous. “The walk is quite tiring and takes almost twenty minutes. Also, a large part of the route goes uphill. It really takes a toll on us when we attend our classes,” he added.
An MIT official on condition of anonymity said that the buses will not be functioning again. “The matter was studied closely before the decision was made. The number of students using the buses was quite low compared to the total strength.” “In addition to this, several complaints were received from the students themselves, which brought to attention the reckless behaviour of other students while the buses were moving. These factors were a threat to the safety of those in the bus and to those walking on the road,” he added. He also said that many students confirmed that they didn’t use the bus service as the students on board indulged in raucous behaviour. “These factors resulted in the ban,” he clarified.
The lack of buses, however, has resulted in the construction of footpaths within campus. A well known shortcut that exists between the 16th block and the MIT food court is being widened to make a pavement. The new path will be approximately 150 metre long, as opposed to the bus route which covers a distance of around 600 metre. Officials at MIT confirm that the new footpath with have a roof to shelter students during monsoon.
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran