With neither the municipal corporation (MC) nor the traffic police taking action against unauthorised parking outside private schools in the city, commuters have been left at the receiving end.
A large number of school buses, vans, cars and two-wheelers are commonly seen parked on roadsides or on government land outside these schools, leading to chock-a-block situations and harassment to commuters.
“It is very difficult to move outside city schools due to haphazard parking of vehicles on the roadside. But the traffic police, MC and other government departments, which are responsible to check such violations, are not taking any action to provide relief to people,” Karamjit Singh, a resident, said.
“Though the MC is planning to charge fee from visitors who park their vehicles inside the yellow line in Ghumar Mandi to make revenue and streamline traffic, it has not paid any attention to parking arrangements made by schools,” he said.
Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, said, “Traffic chaos prevailing outside schools has become a norm, in absence of schools not allowing parents to park vehicles on the school premises.
During morning and afternoon hours, when parents reach the schools to drop and pick their wards, traffic jams are commonplace. To make matters worse, many schools are not allowing even the school buses, vans, auto-rickshaws to park on the school premise, which leads to chaos on roads.”
According to sources, children of several higher officials studying in top most private schools of city was one of the reasons why no action was being taken against unauthorised parking of vehicles outside schools.