Primary school on Kharar-Banur highway, student safety goes for a toss

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2016 10:00 IST
Pyara Singh getting treatment at the SAS Nagar civil hospital after he was hit by a speeding vehicle on the Kharar-Banur highway on Thursday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

A resident of Dairi village, near Landran, was critically injured after he was hit by a speeding vehicle on the Kharar-Banur highway on Thursday morning, when he was trying to cross the road to drop his neighbour’s son to the school, which is situated on the other side of the road.

The injured, identified as Piara Singh, is being treated at the civil hospital in phase 6. The child, identified as Gurlal, received minor injuries and was sent home after first-aid.

The incident has once again brought to fore, the issue of safety of the children studying in this school as they have to cross the busy highway everyday to reach school.

The voices demanding the shifting of the school within the village have also gained momentum with this incident.

In October last year, the villagers had given a representation to the SAS Nagar deputy commissioner, pointing out that it is the only government primary school in the area and it falls on other side of the Kharar-Banur highway.

The villagers had demanded that the school be shifted to the village, for which, the village panchayat had even agreed to provide land so that children don’t have to cross the road. But the representation is still pending with the administration

The villagers had even suggested that if the school cannot be shifted, then at least a foot over-bridge or an underpass should be constructed so that the children can cross the road safely.

They also suggested that traffic lights could be put up or traffic cops be deployed to man the traffic at the time of opening and closing of the school.

“The village is one side of the busy road and the school is on the other side. We had submitted a representation in October last year urging the administration to either shift the school to the village so that the children do not have to cross the road. But our representation is still pending,” said Piara Singh, who was injured in Thursday’s incident. Singh is being treated at the civil hospital in phase 6.

“The then deputy commissioner had forwarded the representation to the PWD department for estimates after which, the Sarv Shikya Abhiyan said that they do not have enough funds to shift the school,” advocate Amardeep Kaur, legal adviser of the women’s wing of Aam Adami Party (AAP) said. She had met the DC with villagers to present the representation.

“The villagers have to provide an alternative site within the village. Once that is done, we would move the government for funds. The representation is under consideration,” said DS Mangat, deputy commissioner SAS Nagar.

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