Students fear low-priced food may vanish from campus.


Byline: kasim abbasi

ISLAMABAD -- Students of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) dread that they might get deprived of the blessing of delicious food served, at considerable prices, in the dabbas (food huts) inside the premises of the university.

Quaid-e-Azam University is popularly known for its delicious food served in the food huts.

Lately, the authorities of Islamabad demolished the food Dhabbas of Quaid-e-Azam University, termming them illegal.

Talking exclusively with The Nation, Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Amir Ali Ahmad stated that the food huts in Quaid-e-Azam University were illegally built. Just like the structures elsewhere in Islamabad were being removed, Amir Ali said that these food huts stood to be removed as well.

Chairman CDA revealed that in light of the cabinet meeting, a decision was taken in which 22 sites can be licensed by the Director Municipal Administration (DMA) under applicable and framed regulations.

But, so far, the chairman briefed that the regulations were still absent which can be well explained by the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI).

These huts were not only providing delicious food and snacks at considerably low prices but were also a meeting point for the students of Quaid-e-Azam University.

In these huts, students from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds of the country spent quality time together. One can also see lecturers out in these dhabbas with their students exchanging ideas, students engaged in different debates, celebrating birthdays, chatting, relaxing or just hanging out during breaks between lectures.

A student of M Phil, Atta Baloch while talking to The Nation stated that the students, especially from hostels, had to go to Bara Kahu and other markets in order to get food. He also stressed that the canteens of the university remain close after 6 and now as these food huts are being demolished, students are facing difficulties in arranging food.


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