Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai: Schools on route to remain shut on Wednesday
A circular issued by the department on Tuesday afternoon states that traffic jams are expected across the city especially south Mumbaimumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2017 08:45 IST
Fearing traffic snarls owing to the Maratha Kranti Morcha on August 9, the state’s school education department has asked all schools in south Mumbai to remain shut for a day.
The protest is expected to draw around 1.5lakh to 2lakh people from across Maharashtra.
A circular issued by the department on Tuesday afternoon states that traffic jams are expected across the city especially south Mumbai.
The starting point of the rally is at Byculla and it is expected to culminate 6km away at Bombay Gymkhana. Authorities fear this will throw traffic in these areas out of gear through the day.
“School vehicles might get stuck for hours in the traffic. That’s why south Mumbai schools should be shut on August 9,” read the circular issued by BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Earlier, the Mumbai police had apprised schools and colleges in South Mumbai of the protest so they could take a call on whether they want to declare Wednesday a non-working day, but the department has asked officials to inform schools in that zone to remain shut.
“We have instructed our officials to inform all schools immediately,” said Chavan. “This order is for all schools, irrespective of boards or managements.”
Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort, has already declared a holiday. “We have announced a day off for the students, as we are located close to the Bombay Gymkhana, so technically, we will be in the eye of the storm,” said Meera Isaacs, principal of the school.
St Mary’s Schools, ICSE and SSC, in Mazgaon, St Xavier’s Boys School, Fort, too will remain shut. “We decided to keep the school shut after receiving a call from the deputy director,” said Father Francis Swamy, joint-secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE), which runs 150-odd schools.
Some schools in Dadar, Matunga and Sion, will remain open, but school buses will not ply. “We are not giving an official holiday, it is up to the parents to send children,” said principal, Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly.
Meanwhile, schools in other parts of the city too are worried about traffic snarls. “We have requested our school to give a day off on Wednesday,” said Anil Bornare, senior teacher, Swami Muktananda School, Chembur. “Although the rally will end in south Mumbai, there is bound to be some spillover on to the central suburbs, causing traffic jams here too.”