In a move that could affect the daily commute of thousands of residents in Hyderabad, the Osmania University (OU) banned entry of all private vehicles through its main arterial road from Tuesday.
"The Osmania University has decided to ban the entry of all private vehicles round the clock on the main arterial road running through the campus following a spate of fatal accidents and near misses. The decision was taken keeping in view the safety of students and pedestrians on the campus. The university had to act as there were recurring complaints from the student community," Registrar Ch Gopal Reddy said in a statement.
The main road that cuts across the university is used by thousands of people everyday, as they travel to and from neighbouring areas like Tarnaka, Vidyanagar, Mettuguda, Habsiguda and Nallakunta.
The University said that security would be deployed at all entrances to the sprawling campus, to ensure that no private vehicles entered.
‚ÄúThe university has deployed four security guards at the NCC Gate and near OU Police Station to restrict entry of private vehicles. We have started creating awareness on the ban of private vehicles on the campus. Slowly, four and two wheelers will also be restricted and in a month or two, the campus will be completely free of private vehicles,‚ÄĚ an official was quoted as saying.
The varsity also said that it would work with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), for an alternative route around the campus.
Last year, Osmania University celebrated its centenary, as it was established in after Hyderabad Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan issued a 'farmaan' or royal decree in 1917.
The memorandum emphasised the need to establish a University in Hyderabad, with 'Urdu' as the medium of instruction "as it is the language of the widest currency in India, official language of the State, and it is a language which is understood by a vast majority of the population of the State."
It was the first university in the Indian subcontinent with Urdu as the medium of instruction. After India's independence, English replaced Urdu as the medium of instruction.