To counter the traffic around schools in the city, especially in South Mumbai, the Mumbai traffic police has written to all private and public schools requesting them to assign “crossing wardens” to assist the police on school days. Police said that roads and junctions around schools are severely affected at the time any school begins or ends.
“Parents first park their vehicles along the curb, and in the next lane there are buses. Traffic gets affected as there is limited space for vehicles to move,” said Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The police in their letter requested schools and respective Parent Teacher Associations to identify volunteers or “crossing wardens” who could assist traffic officer to manage traffic.
“The crossing wardens will primarily help the students to cross the roads,” Bharambe added.
According to a senior traffic official, these volunteers will be given reflective jackets with “crossing wardens” written on them and will also be empowered to not allow vehicles to halt around schools.