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Parents don traffic cops’ gear for wards’ safety

Parents of Shri Ram School Aravalli in DLF City have taken to the streets — to ensure the safe passage of their wards before and after school, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2010 01:01 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Parents of Shri Ram School Aravalli in DLF City have taken to the streets — to ensure the safe passage of their wards before and after school.

A group of about nine parents have joined hands to manage the traffic at the school gates in the morning and evening and help students to cross the busy road safely.

Wearing reflector jackets, grab placards with ‘stop’ signs, these parents — majority of whom are women — they get on with their job with ease.

Supported by the school authorities, traffic police and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, these parents have brought smiles to the faces of residents of neighbouring Hamilton Court, Windsor Court and Regency Park-II condominiums and thousands of commuters who get stuck in due to chaos in front of the gates.

Latika Thukral — who runs a social organisation ‘I Am Gurgaon’ that is supporting the cause— said not just the students would risk their lives while crossing the busy road by running through the speedy vehicular traffic, motorists would also get stuck in jams at the gates of the school.

More prone to accidents were students dropped and picked up by parents at the gates as those boarding school buses were picked up from inside the school compound, Thukral added.

“Such parents would earlier park their cars all over road resulting in jam at the gates. We first approached MCG commissioner Rajesh Khullar who made provisions for a parking space for about 70 cars on the side of the road. A total number 150-200 cars arrive at the gates daily basis,” Thukral said.

These volunteers have been in action for the last 10 days.

“We have hired three guards who assist us is the traffic management. We contribute their salaries. The traffic police are also assisting us,” said Prabhat Agarwal, another volunteer.