To make transportation of government school children to their institutions easier and cheaper,the Chandigarh Administration has decided to provide common buses and halve the fare. Irrespective of the school they study in,a common bus will pick them up from each sector and drop them to their respective schools. The UT is also in the process of preparing a scheme to lower the bus fare from Rs 500 to Rs 250 per month.
This was informed to Punjab and Haryana High Court by the UT during the resumed hearing of a petition today seeking contempt proceedings against Chandigarh and the states of Punjab and Haryana for not complying with the traffic guidelines issued by the High Court in 1998.
The scheme is being prepared by the UT as per the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The counsel for the Administration informed the High Court that the UT is collecting data from all government schools on the number of children,their addresses and the routes which the common school buses would have to follow for picking them up and dropping them. The scheme will be implemented from the next academic session.
Once implemented,it will bring down the number of accidents caused by over-loading of auto rickshaws. It was contended that since the transportation fare will be brought down substantially,parents will deter from sending their children to school by autorickshaws. Justice Rajive Bhalla asked the UT to submit the status report of the data collected and action taken on the next date of hearing,March 2.
The Chandigarh Administration today also informed that on three-laned roads,the extreme left side has been earmarked for emergency and heavy vehicles. The middle lane has been earmarked for two-wheelers and slow moving vehicles and the extreme right for fast moving and four-wheelers. On two laned roads,the left side has been reserved for slow and heavy vehicles and the right side for fast moving vehicles. To ensure that buses are not obstructed ,the UT has decided to prune/ chop off branches of trees on road sides. Sign boards have also been put on roads.
Autorickshaw with permit for 5 loads 23
In the past one month,the State Transport Authority (STA) has challaned 68 autorickshaws and 17 buses for various traffic offences. The traffic police have challaned 733 autorickshaws and impounded 101 of them,and challaned 31 buses in the last one month.
In one case,they impounded an autorickshaw which was carrying 23 children against the permissible limit of five occupants.