Pune: In a major revamp, the University of Pune (UoP) will soon don a new look with a big gate which will be almost 60-metre wide with automated entry and exit points and equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards to pass through the gates, where boon barriers will be put up and human interference will be minimum. Besides, there will be widened internal roads.
After the murder of a security guard of the varsity, the issue of security on the campus came to the fore. This project will fulfill the dual purpose. On one hand it will solve the traffic chaos at UoP square while on the other, it will ensure staff and students’ safety.
The plan has already received Management Council’s nod and funds have been earmarked to the project and now the work has been initiated. Dr Arunkumar Walunj, the security committee chairman had given a detailed presentation on the plan and had proposed to widen the gate by putting up automated system. “The current width of the gate is hardly seven metres, however as per the blue print, the gate will be widened to almost 60 metres with separate entry and exit points,” said chief engineer of the varsity, R V Patil.
He said that along with the gate widening, the internal roads will also be widened in the same proportion and there would be eight dedicated lanes for the four-wheelers and two-wheelers. Apart from this, there would be five-lane footpath for pedestrians.
He said that the entry and exit of visitors will be documented and monitored through the automated system as every visitor will have to produce RFID card to pass through the gate. “The regular visitors including teaching, non-teaching staff, students and other related people will be given RFID cards at the time of inception,” he said.
Dr Walunj said that those who are not part of the varsity, will be issued temporary RFID cards to pass through the gate by documenting their identity proof with the help of security system at the security hub, which will be set up at the main gate. During the peak hours, the people related to varsity can pass through the gate within ten seconds and there will no traffic congestion as the entry and exit is completely separate. Also, the security surveillance will be set up as high definition CCTV cameras will be installed to detect any unauthorised person who tries to sneak into the premises. There will be a documentation on how many people visit the university. Walunj said that the traffic will be streamlined after the project is done.
Patil said that since the varsity has a heritage look, they have decided to construct the gate and set up other infrastructure to give the new gate a heritage look.
Key features of the project
60-metre wide gate
Automated entry and exit points equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards
Eight dedicated lanes for the four-wheelers and two wheelers.
Five-lane footpath for pedestrians