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Panel asks Govt to ensure kids don’t suffer

delhi Updated: Apr 25, 2008 03:48 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Even schoolchildren are hassled because of the confusion on the BRT corridor. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has raised this pertinent issue and has asked the Delhi government to take immediate steps to ensure children don’t have to suffer.

In a letter written to Delhi’s Transport secretary, commission member Sandhya Bajaj said that school going children in south Delhi were facing lot of problems as the buses are not coming to their colonies to pick them or to drop them because they are caught in the corridor for hours.

In wake of this, parents are being forced to drop or pick children from the new designated spots. “Reaching those designated spots is also not easy because of traffic jams that the corridor has caused in the nearby areas. Many a times parents get late in picking the children thereby creating a huge risk for him,” she said.

Many schools in the area have cited low attendance of students or children not reaching on time as a visible adverse impact of the corridor. Since the part of the corridor has become operational, children are finding it difficult to reach the bus stops, the new designated spots for school buses.

The commission has cited residential areas like Chirag Dilli, Sheikh Sarai, Madangir and Pushp Vihar as the worst suffering areas. “People in these areas have to walk or travel for over a kilometer to pick up their children,” the letter said.

The commission fears the chaos on the corridor may endanger the life of schoolchildren and has, therefore, asked Delhi government to take stringent steps to avoid any untoward incident.