Smooth traffic outside schools stays a dream
For hassle-free commuting in the city, there is an undeclared permanent caution - avoid roads near schools in the morning from 8am to 9.30am and in the afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2013 21:48 IST
For hassle-free commuting in the city, there is an undeclared permanent caution - avoid roads near schools in the morning from 8am to 9.30am and in the afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.
The roads near schools are chock-a-block during the said hours as parents or vehicles hired by them turn up to drop or pick up their wards. The noise level suddenly goes up as with honking of horns as vehicles jostle for space.
"Anybody on way to reach an important assignment is destined to miss it if he or she chooses the wrong road. There is no way for an ambulance to cross by without hindrance. Neither school authorities nor traffic police are interested in tackling the issue. The commuters getting caught in traffic jams outside schools is a routine. Things are, however, different if any VIP has to cross the area," said Raj Kumar, a shop assistant on Lawrence Road.
Queues of vans and autos can be seen on roadsides outside schools hours before the closing time of the school. The chaos is at its peak when school gates open and students run to reach their respective vehicles. Overcrowding in vehicles is another issue overlooked by the authorities for long.
Traffic on the GT Road comes to a standstill daily in the morning and afternoon due to presence of a number of schools, including Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amar Jyoti Public School, Senior Study School and Holy Heart High School. Spring Dale Senior Secondary School chokes traffic on Fatehgarh Churian Road, while the traffic on Lawrence Road gets affected due to presence of DAV Public School. The famous Mall Road experiences prolonged traffic jams daily when the Government Senior Secondary School opens or closes.
Residents want authorities to come out with a solution to deal with the issue. Many are in favour of heavy penalties on schools if they can't streamline the transportation of their students.
All schools should have parking areas for the school vans. Traffic police need to be deployed outside schools
Vishu Sharma, city-based theatre artist
Schools should take care of the students' transportation. Why should the common public suffer?
Ranjeet Kumar, a toruist
School vehicles should be parked in school playgrounds and other parts of the compound. Students should board vehicles there
BM Singh, city-based writer
We have segregated the timings for dispersal of the students who come on their personal vehicles, army vehicles and school transportation
Rajeev Sharma, principal, Spring Dale School
We have deployed traffic police officials on almost all roads where schools are located. They try their best to defuse the chaos.
Baljeet Randhawa, traffic official