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Commuting an ordeal for BDU students, faculty

WITH government buses not stopping in front of Bharathidasan University (BDU), students say they are forced to hitch hike, shell out hefty amount on autorickshaws and cabs to reach classes in time. Students who take buses bound for Pudukkottai, Rameswaram from Central Bus Stand or TVS Tollgate to reach the university complain that they are made to wait by conductors to get inside the buses. They are allowed to embark only after all seats are occupied. Any student found sitting gets an earful from the conductor.

The plight of students in the evenings is worse as buses do not stop even if they shout their lungs out or wave at them from on the parapet along the Tiruchy-Pudukkottai National Highway. Many students with who Ex-press interacted on Tuesday vented their frustration against government bus crew for their behaviour A student said, "It is difficult for us in the mornings. We choose to stand while travel-ling to avoid facing the music from the bus conductor The buses, as usual, start moving only when other passengers are seat-ed. This means we are perpetually late for classes at the university" Some students said they are of-ten charged extra by conductors.

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 Even though buses from Central Bus Stand to Rameswaram, Karaikudi, Pudukkottai and Aranthangi are frequent, students face hardships in reaching the university in time. This has forced many students to book autorickshaws or cabs. Some also look for alternate transport as in the evenings, buses proceeding from Pudukkottai do not stop at BDU A PG student from Kulithalai in Karur district reaches Tiruchy by train. By the time he arrives here, he has to wait for some time to get a bus, leading to missing his morning classes.

In case of any public holiday, hostellers leave university early after completing classes fearing, they would not get buses to the rail-way station. "We reach early to avoid missing the train or bus to our native places," said a hosteller. A woman faculty member said in the evenings, women do not feel safe travelling in autorickshaws. "Everyone would benefit if government and private buses halt at BDU," she said. Urging the National Highway Authority of India to take action, a senior BDU faculty said a traffic island in front of the university would solve most issues. He added the Tiruchy-Pudukkottai stretch often sees fatal accidents. Speaking to Express, K Elangovan, deputy manager (commer-cial), TNSTC-Kumbakonam division, assured he would write to his Pudukkottai counterpart asking for buses to stop at BDU Also, Elangovan said students can take a seat on buses if they find any vacant.
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