The Chandigarh Administration has decided to add 15 more buses to its fleet of common school buses,which will ply exclusively for government schools. With the addition,the total number of special buses will reach 40. This was told to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday during the resumed hearing of a petition relating to introduction of special common buses for government schools.
While 20 buses will ply in the morning shift,20 will ferry students in the evening. The State Transport Authority (STA) will check issues of violation of traffic rules by school buses.
An affidavit was filed by the Director Public Instructions (Schools),Chandigarh. Taking the affidavit on record,the court has also asked private schools to keep a check on their buses in case of any traffic violations.
While the fare for non-AC buses will be Rs 60 per month,AC buses will charge Rs 120 per month,per child. It has also been decided that a meeting will be held every month between the officials of STA,Education Department and Chandigarh Administration to address problems concerning transportation of government school students.
More buses,exclusively for government school children,will be arranged after the CTU purchases 100 new buses,a plan yet to be executed. The decision has been taken keeping in view the repeated directions of the court to take steps to provide safe transportation to government school students at nominal price.
Only after the court had come down heavily on the UT Administration,did it decide to bring down the bus fare for government school students. In some private schools transportation costs Rs 60 per day. The UT had initially decided to bring down the fare from Rs 500 to Rs 250 per month,per child.
A contempt petition was filed against Chandigarh and Punjab and Haryana for not complying with the directions of the court passed in 1998 with regard to traffic guidelines.