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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, November 29, 2012
In the wake of foggy days ahead, the district administration has directed all the schools to submit an affidavit with the undertaking that they are following 20-point safety guidelines for buses issued by court. Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena has clamped Section 144 of CrPC to effectively implement the directive.

The administration has given 15 days to the schools for filing the undertaking on its order.

“A number of school vehicles is plying on roads in gross violation of prescribed norms and in contravention to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. The foggy days are expected by the next month and security measures have to be taken by the schools for safety of children. These directions are necessary for safety and security of the public,” the order stated.

“If the said guidelines and norms are not adhered to or implemented effectively, the school owner and the principal both shall be held liable and subsequent action be initiated against them. If the driver is negligent and found at fault then he shall be dealt with strictly and suitably prosecuted. The school authorities are mandated to submit an affidavit in compliance to the court guidelines and action initiated in this regard within 15 days,” says the order.

However, schools in the city have lambasted the order terming the same as arm-twisting tactics and advised the administration to make the public transport more effective.

According to Col Pratap Singh Yadav, president of Haryana Progressive Schools Conference, Gurgaon, all schools in Gurgaon are following the rules.

“We haven’t received any such notice as yet. The safety of our children is of utmost importance to us. Such notices are issued every year, but why can’t the administration provide a better transportation system?” said Yadav.

There are nearly 300 schools in Gurgaon, each having 10-12 buses. Every bus is a 30-seater and accommodates 45 children.

Meena has directed DCP (traffic), the secretary of Regional Transport Authority and all SHOs of the city police stations to implement the order.