Children Traffic Training School in shambles

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Mandi Gobindgarh
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2014 17:16 IST

The condition of Children Traffic Training School, which was inaugurated by former director general of Punjab police KPS Gill, is in shambles as traffic lights and other facilities have been stolen and no repair work took place to retain it.

The school was constructed for training students and residents about the traffic rules.
Residents of the locality claimed that there was no security at the park and all costly equipment installed there were dismantled by rowdy people. They claimed that the park had become a safe haven for addicts, who used to create nuisance in the area.

Underlining the importance of the school, district BJP president Rajesh Gupta said it was inaugurated on the premises of Maharaja Aggarsen Park. In addition, roads, footpaths and traffic signals and signs were constructed, said Gupta, adding that the traffic education cell was to provide training to schoolchildren.

"The school now wears a deserted look as traffic lights and other items have been stolen by drug addicts in the absence of any security arrangement, said Gupta, adding, not only the park, but washrooms are also in pitiable condition.

Another resident Jasbir Singh said the traffic training school was once visited by morning and evening walkers, however, if the MC did not pay any attention towards the park, it would be ruined completely.

"Training students and residents would have been of some help in checking the increasing accident cases, but the authorities failed to utilise the school for a common good," added Jasbir Singh.
Meanwhile, MC administrator-cum-sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rajdeep Kaur said they already had sent a proposal to the director, local bodies, for his approval for renovation of the park.

She said once the permission was granted, they would invite tender for repair work as early as possible.

Citing the announcement made by transport secretary Anurag Aggarwal during the inauguration of online driving licence facility at Fatehgarh Sahib on September 5 that the state government had decided to start 30-40 computerised state-of-art driving test centres across Punjab, Mahesh Jindal, a local resident, said the park could be used both for training and driving test.

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