Universities security threat

Overhead bridges a security threat for universities:
Lahore: Overhead bridges, most of them located near educational institutions in the city, pose a serious security impediment as the police and the institutions' administrations continue to haggle over who should be responsible for the security arrangements at these bridges.

The city police are of the view that it is the responsibility of the administration of the educational institutions to provide adequate security to their students and they should hire security personnel for the purpose.

There are seven overhead bridges situated right in front of some of the city's largest universities. There are two overhead bridges at Jail Road, in front of Kinnaird College (KC) and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), one in front of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), another near the Queen Marry College Lahore, while three overhead bridges are on the Canal in the University of the Punjab New Campus.

"The overheard bridge in front of my university has given me sleepless nights as the life of my staff and students is not safe because of it," said LCWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Bushra Mateen. Dr Bushra said she had done her best to improve security inside the varsity as it was her responsibility but the security at the overhead bridges outside educational institutions was the responsibility of those who had constructed the structures. She said the bridges provided unguarded points to terrorists seeking to launch attacks.

She said the students, staff and administration had protested against the construction of the overhead bridge. She said they had also obtained a stay order from the court against the construction of the bridge but the city administration had failed to understand the security threat they pose.

It was reported that the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has hired two security personnel each from a private agency to ensure security at the overhead bridges in front of the LCWU and KC.

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