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Wednesday , November 13 2019

Parking shortage for university students linked to completion of ‘metro’ project

‘Jaber Stadium lots use under study’

KUWAIT CITY, March 18: With the imminent achievement of the dream of moving to the city of Sabah Al-Salem University (Shaddadiya), there was a shortage in the number of parking spaces for students on the site, as announced by the construction program of the city on the one hand, and started by Kuwait University moves to find alternatives to this crisis on the other hand, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Talk about the shortage of parking spaces, which will affect the new campus, exceeded the cost of 1.5 billion dinars, in the parking lot, to move Kuwait University from its current crisis of car parks, which already suffer at the current campus, to the new site. The deputy director of the structural program Dr Anwar Al-Ibrahim, during an interview on Kuwait TV, said there is a shortage in the number of parking spaces in the new campus, and he attributed this to the lack of completion of the project, ‘Metro Kuwait’ indicating that the study of traffic to and from the campus was according to expectations following the completion of the metro, saying the university is now trying to use the surrounding outside spaces for parking, or use the parking lots of Jaber Stadium.

In a related context, and in confirmation of what Al-Qabas had published earlier, the university administration, through the social networking platforms, has said a study has been made in cooperation with the Kuwait Municipality to transport the students to and from the campus in Sabah Al-Salem University by shuttle buses.

The university pointed out that the sites that will be allocated for cars, will be equipped with rest for men and women, and spaces for commercial activities. In addition, the university asked its students, through electronic questionnaires on their Twitter accounts, where they prefer to park their cars or use buses to and from the campus, from four places: Khaldiya Station, Jabriya, Jaber Stadium and stations in northern and southern Kuwait.

As of yesterday morning, the responses were as follows: 43% preferred Khaldiya, 23% chose Jaber Stadium, 24% stations in the north and south, and only 10% voted for Jabriya. On the other hand, the students denounced the distance between the sites chosen by the university in the questionnaire and the university hostel, wondering how they could use the transport buses from sites more than 20 km away from the new campus, while others saw that it was necessary to change the culture of students and make them accept the idea of mass transportation gradually.

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