Traffic bottlenecks on the roads near almost each and every school in the city have become a major challenge for the students, parents and the general motorists.
While the traffic police and the school managements have been passing the buck to each other, students and parents continue to put their lives at risk everyday.
There are nearly 600 schools in the district and those living in the vicinity of these schools complain that traffic congestion has become a nuisance in the area. The pedestrians, especially elderly people, face problems in crossing roads and many residents say that minor fights with motorists have become part of their routine.
“It could take more than 30 minutes to cross a distance less than 500 meters,” said an elderly couple.
Traffic congestion is more rampant on the roads near some popular schools such as Amity International, Scottish Internat-
ional, Ryan International and others, where the vehicular movement increases during school’s opening and closing time.
“We used to face major problem around six months back. But now things have improved. We have separate entry gates for the buses and the students who come on their own. If the school hosts a function on some special day, we request the police department to help us in managing traffic,” said Anuradha Handa, principal, Amity International School Sector 45.
According to the Haryana Progressive School Conference (HPSC), the city traffic police are not taking the matter seriously.
“It is a major problem of the city and police department must look into the issue seriously,” said Pratap Singh, president of HPSC.
But the traffic police put the ball into the court of school management.
“As per the high court directions, it is the responsibility of the schools to manage traffic outside their premises. We cannot manage traffic in front of each and every school,” said Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police, traffic.
She said that her department has already issued circulars to all the schools that they have to manage traffic outside their campus on their own.