IIUI has no proper link, service roads

ISLAMABAD, Every day the students of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) have to cover several extra kilometers to reach their classes because their university has no proper link and service roads.

“Even the H-11 Graveyard in the neighbourhood has dual service lanes,” said an official in the administration of the IIUI explaining how the university even had to build its own road from its budget to connect the front campus gates with the double road passing in front of the graveyard and the police lines.

Ali Ahmed said he had to leave home for the bus stand 15 to 20 minutes earlier. “Leaving home and reaching the gates of the university means going around the entire H-10 sector,” the BBA student at IIUI said.

Talking to Dawn, the official explained how the IIUI had no proper access from the Kashmir Highway unlike the military run National University Science and Technology (NUST) roughly a kilometer farther up the road, which had two entrances from the Kashmir Highway and a fancy round about.

The official gave the example of FAST University that also had link roads.

“The Capital Development Authority recently gave access to the Nescom hospital in the neighbourhood through the railway tracks that opened up towards sector I-10 but denied a similar access that opened up into the I sector to connect with IIUI,” the official explained adding how the university spent exorbitant amounts on fuel for the busses just because of missing link and service roads.

The university spent nearly Rs3 million every month on fuel for the 60 buses of them nearly two dozen pick and drop students in the I sector.

Ch Nazir who is president of the IIUI Staff Welfare Association has to cover 70 kilometers on his car every day. “I have to make four to five trips to pick up my children from school, drop them home and return to work besides commuting on official business,” he said.

He pointed out that the matter of link road should have been taken up with the civic authority at the time when the university was being established.

The present alternative route further delayed students not just because of traffic congestions during office hours every morning but also because of the broken roads, complained another student.

“The CDA is responsible for providing all basic necessities. If there is a provision for link and service roads in the site plan, the university could pursue their case,” said an official with the CDA.

But then another official said that the government had already provided land to the university on amenity rates. “CDA is not responsible to provide link roads. The university is supposed to have them constructed out of their own budgets,” the official said.Dawn

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