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Easing traffic: School timings to be staggered

From staggering of opening and closing school timings to putting zebra markings outside schools in place,a host of ideas were discussed at the recently held meeting between Chandigarh Traffic Police officials and school authorities.

From staggering of opening and closing school timings to putting zebra markings outside schools in place,a host of ideas were discussed at the recently held meeting between Chandigarh Traffic Police officials and school authorities. The minutes of the meeting,held on May 16,were placed on record before the Punjab and Haryana High Court today during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL).

The petitioner I S Kohli,a local resident,had moved the High Court seeking directions to the UT Administration to ease out traffic and provide for parking space outside a school in Sector 26 which houses several schools in one lane. In one of the suggestions,the officials discussed widening of the road from SGGS light point to St Kabir School.

“In this widening,double-lane dual carriageways would be constructed which should be separated by a physical median. Moreover,a footpath of approximately six feet width would be constructed adjacent to the boundary walls of all the said Institutions. Beyond the footpath,there should be a bay parking area,” read the minutes of the meeting.

For the widening,the officials have submitted that there might be a need to prune/ cut certain trees. The Traffic Police officials and school authorities “unanimously decided that various school managements should stagger the opening and closing timings of their schools,ie at least 15 minutes to ease out traffic congestion during the opening and closing of schools”.

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A copy of the staggered timing will be forwarded to the Traffic Police Department accordingly.

“It was informed that the Sacred Heart School and St John School on one hand and St Kabir School and Strawberry Field School on the other hand were already staggering their opening and closing timings. It was also unanimously decided that various school managements should also stagger their parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) after coordinating with each other and hold PTMs for only a certain number of classes at once,” read the minutes of the meeting.

Moreover,it was further decided that the Traffic Police Department would be informed well in advance by the concerned school management about the PTM so that necessary traffic arrangements could be made. The Traffic Police has also decided to put zebra markings in place and challan violators.