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RWAs, police react cautiously

With limited space, vehicles parked all over are a surefire cause of congestion, a routine affair for those living around. Nivedita Khandekar reports.

delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2008 02:56 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

Vehicles small and big — buses, vans, auto-rickshaws and a range of cars, from a small Maruti to space-guzzling SUVs — are waiting to pick up children from the school. With limited space, vehicles parked all over are a surefire cause of congestion, a routine affair for those living around.

Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s proposal to ask schools to allow private vehicles bringing students to park inside the school premises has kicked off a row. While some have welcomed the move, quite some are skeptical.

A case in point can be Lajpat Nagar III, Mark Anthony, Tiny Tots and Model Schools being few of the schools in the area. Says General Secretary, RWA Lajpat Nagar III Harvinder Singh, “There are many schools in this area and private vehicles coming to drop children result in regular jams. If the schools are directed to allow parents to park their vehicles inside the premises, it would surely help.”

Stating that a solution has to be found for the spiraling traffic problem member of the Greater Kailash I RWA Rajiv Kakria points out, “Before asking the schools to allow parents to park their vehicles inside the school proper infrastructure has to be created.”

“Also, traffic jams are not caused by schools alone, so why target them?” he asks and adds, let the agencies take strict action.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) SN Shrivastava said, “We have been asking during meetings and also writing to school principals to regulate vehicular traffic so as to cause least inconvenience to general commuters.”

Not just this, traffic cops are regularly put on duty at all such places to ease vehicular movement. Adds DCP Traffic (Southern Range) Rupinder Kumar, “Traffic policemen and even local policemen are deployed in the morning and the afternoon for smooth movement of traffic along with traffic marshals of some schools.”

Traffic cops have also been regularly taking action against unauthorized parking. However, another traffic official, on conditions of anonymity said, “These big schools do not even allow parents inside without prior appointment, how do you expect them to let private vehicles come inside?”