School kids at the crossroads
Hundreds of school children are being forced to put their life and limb in danger everyday because of the traffic police and Delhi administration's measures to prevent congestion near two prominent schools in central Delhi.delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2012 01:07 IST
Hundreds of school children are being forced to put their life and limb in danger everyday because of the traffic police and Delhi administration's measures to prevent congestion near two prominent schools in central Delhi.
At least 150 children, studying at St. Columba's and Convent of Jesus and Mary (CJM) schools located on the Mandir Marg, are having to negotiate speeding vehicles at the Gol Dak Khana every afternoon for the past more than a fortnight, if they want their school cabs to drop them home.
“The police are not only slapping fines on cabs parked outside the schools but even stopping them from halting there to allow students to board or de-board the cabs,” said a parent, requesting anonymity.
The area Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) had passed an order prohibiting parking at or near the Gol Dak Khana —one of the capital's busiest roundabouts — on March 30.
According to police sources, two students have already suffered injuries while walking to their cabs (usually) stationed half a kilometre away.
“Last week, a child sat in the wrong cab and reached home at 5pm after his parents looked frantically for him for hours. This wouldn't have happened had the cabs been allowed to park where they had been parking for so many years.”
But parents' pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
“The parents should opt for school buses instead of these private vehicles to send the children home as they are not safe options,” said Ajay Arora, SDM (Parliament Street).
“There is no harassment taking place as far as the traffic police are concerned. If traffic is not regulated, it leads to severe congestion on the roundabout,” said Satyendra Garg, joint CP (traffic).
Parents, however reject this proposal outright, given practical constraints.
“Taking the school bus is not a feasible option for our children, as the school bus does not drop them at our doorstep. For parents who cannot pick up their children from the school bus stops, these cabs and RTVs are the only option," CD Jose, a parent, said.
Meanwhile, the SDM has also warned of passing an order to impound all private school cabs that do not comply with the Supreme Court guidelines.