Uday Samant, Maharashtra’s minister for higher education, after receiving severe criticism from the locals, has asked Savitribai Phule Pune University’s administration to suspend it’s decision of charging Rs 1000 from those who visit the campus for morning and evening walks.
The minister announced the same over twitter.
Samant’s tweet on Saturday morning said that the decision of charging fees from those who visit the SPPU’s oxygen park for morning and evening walks has been suspended.
Samant also mentions that the plan would be revised soon and a notification on the same would be issued.
The SPPU has created an oxygen park by planting various saplings where it had invited people to take a stroll and pay Rs 1000. The many people who the strolls in the university campus have had criticised the decision, forcing Samant to issue a clarification that the administration has been asked to revise the plan.
On Saturday, Samant retracted the proposal of SPPU for charging Rs 1000 from the people who came for a stroll to the oxygen park.
The regular visitors had said that SPPU is a state university and open to everyone, charging money is not correct at all, the decision is not welcome at all, money should not be charged from visitors, and as the campus is not a private property then the fee is not acceptable.
In a notification issued by SPPU, Rs 1000 was charged for a month. The SPPU would provide an identity card to its members who paid the registration fee of Rs 500.