As soon as 5-year-old Ishaan Anand gets off from his school bus every day, he makes a dash to his Sheikh Sarai home. And his chaperone — his 80-year-old grandfather — can only look on with extreme fright as the sprint is on a stretch full of vehicles.
This is an everyday scenario involving school children not only on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor but also on some of city’s other busy stretches.
Concerns about safety at bus stops began to mount after four-year-old Japneet Singh, a student of Bharti Public School in Swasthya Vihar, was mowed down by his own school bus while getting off the bus.
Some parents claimed the matter had been raised earlier but no redressal was offered. But they hope schools will take cognisance of the issue and form neighbourhood groups to ensure greater security of kids.
"We had taken up this issue a few years back when there was a spate of bus accidents involving children. But their safety has a lot more to do with adults being sensitive towards children. We will take up this issue with the government and if they fail to do something, we will take the matter to court," said Ashok Aggarwal, national president, All India Parents' Association (AIPA).
Aggarwal also said the problem persists also because of use of small vehicles to ferry kids.
Schools, on the other hand, said the viability of a bus stop is often decided keeping geographic factors and the number of children in mind.
"When bus stops are made, we make sure that at least five children are benefited. We must also keep in mind that the city's demography has changed drastically. Because of the BRT and Metro construction, we can't follow the previous routes,” said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School (Dhaula Kuan).