Parents of children studying in Suncity School took to the roads on Monday, after the residents’ welfare association (RWA) closed access to a peripheral road in the township.
Parents informed the local police after the obstruction caused an hour-long jam in front of the school.
Gate number 14, on the road entrance, was locked by the RWA citing snarls and high-level of air pollution because of the movement of school buses and private transport around a month ago. There are eight houses on the peripheral exit road.
“Generally, traffic jams would last for around 10 minutes but after the gate was shut, it took the students over an hour to reach the school. Why should my child suffer? The school has been here for more than 10 years and the movement of vehicles was never an issue,” said a parent.
Parents along with the school staff went to talk to the RWA but the matter could not be resolved. When asked, the RWA members could not produce any government order or permission to block the road or build boom barriers to close the road.
“Parents are against the decision taken by the RWA without consulting them or the school staff. Moreover, in a recent government ruling, schools have been asked to have multiple exits in case there is a terrorist attack or natural disaster,” said Rupa Chakravarty, principal, Suncity School.
The RWA members said the gates were closed after repeated complaints from the residents. “We closed the gates after people living here complained of daily snarls,” said VMK Singh, general secretary, RWA.
When the police heard the issue of the parents and RWA, they decided to open the gate.
“No one can obstruct a road or traffic movement. The RWA did not have any permission and so we opened the gate,” said a police official of Sector 57 police station.