Following a rise in road accidents involving students, the Delhi traffic police will now focus on ensuring safety of schoolchildren.
To start with, traffic police personnel would be present in front of schools, especially those having pre-primary and primary sections, so that there is no compromise with their safety during the school opening and closing hours.
As a part of their road safety initiative, the police commissioner recently issued an order to the traffic police to make sure that schoolchildren are safe on their way to school and back from school, said officials.
“We will soon start managing schoolchildren when they enter schools in the morning and leave in the afternoon,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
He said traffic police teams led by head constables would be deployed in front of schools to ensure safe arrival and dispersal of students. They will also prosecute norm violating school buses and private cabs on the spot.
The police have begun identifying government and private schools in the city which do not provide transport facilities from within the school premises.
The process of identification, started a week ago, is expected to be over in another week. The deployment of police officers will begin immediately after that, said a traffic police officer.
“It is a very good idea to have some assistance from the police during morning and afternoon hours, especially in areas where there are various schools in a small area. It will make the children safer and congestion easier to manage,” said Ashok pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar.
There are about 2,300 recognised schools in the city of which about 1,100 are government schools, most of which do not provide transport facilities to students.
Among about 1,200 private schools, transport facilities are not available in 30 to 40 per cent of schools, said sources.