Traffic congestion in Sector 26: UT submits minutes of meeting in HC

The minutes of the meeting were produced during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding directions to the administration to take measures to tackle the traffic menace caused during morning and afternoon hours outside schools in Sector 26.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 14, 2012 1:12 am

The minutes of the meeting were produced during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding directions to the administration to take measures to tackle the traffic menace caused during morning and afternoon hours outside schools in Sector 26

The Chandigarh Administration on Thursday placed on record minutes of the meeting held between the officials of Chandigarh Administration and representatives of various schools in Sector 26.

The minutes of the meeting were produced during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding directions to the administration to take measures to tackle the traffic menace caused during morning and afternoon hours outside schools in Sector 26. A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain observed that rather than dropping children in private vehicles,parents should encourage sending them in school buses so that congestion during school hours could ease.

The High Court flatly turned down a request to allow the schools to make use of a vacant piece of land opposite a private school.

“The principal of SGGS College for Girls,Sector 26,neither came to attend the meeting nor sent her representative whereas the meeting notice was received by the college authorities on time. In the meeting,the school representatives were informed that they must park the school buses,faculty vehicles and parents’ vehicles within their school premises and not on the public road. Any vehicle parked on the road shall be duly challaned as per the law. Upon this,the representatives of Sacred Heart School,St John’s School and SGGS College for Boys informed that they have ample parking space inside their campuses and all vehicles are being parked within the campus itself. However,the representatives of St Kabir School and Strawberry School stated that their campuses are less than five acres in area,due to which they are able to park only school buses and faculty vehicles inside,” reads the affidavit filed by the Chandigarh Administration.

It further reads that “regarding staggering of school timings,the Sacred Heart School,St John’s School and Strawbeery School representatives stated that since all the vehicles are parked inside the school premises,there isn’t much need to stagger their school timings. However,the representatives of St Kabir and Strabwerry School stated that since they do not have ample parking space for parents’ vehicles,they have already staggered their opening and closing timings to ease the traffic congestion”.

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