Tuesday, May 18

Traffic blues: Kolkata cops want to attend school parent-teacher meetings

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Top Lalbazar officials have expressed interest in being part of future parent-teacher meetings in at least three top south Kolkata schools. They want to explain to the parents the challenges of keeping the traffic moving during school dispersal hours. Modern High School has agreed to the proposal while La Martiniere schools are yet to take a call.

The cops, who visited the schools this week, have also sought help from the senior section to take ‘charge’ of students from the junior section and ensure they reach their respective pick-up vehicles. Police also want KMC to put up proper boards at the parking lots and the school to communicate the same to guardians.

“The idea is to keep all communication channel open. We did discuss introducing electric-driven school buses but faced several practical and technical issues. Given the heritage tag of some of the institutions, any new construction to accommodate more vehicles within the school premises will also need a lot of discussion. As such, we worked on the best practical solutions,” said an IPS officer.

The cops want to visit the school to tell the parents to follow the time bands — only the colour-banded vehicles will be allowed entry in front of school 10 minutes prior to the classes get over. Each colour is meant for a specific class. “If a pick-up vehicle comes close to school gates though there is time still left for the class to get over and its colour band does not match the one being allowed access to school gates, we will challan them. But this process is facing practical problems and parents are complaining. School traffic management is not about conflicts. We want to engage with everyone so that they appreciate the enormity of the problem. Hence, we have sought meeting the guardians,” said an officer at Lalbazar.

Modern High School director Devi Kar said: “We have been constantly working in tandem with police on the parking problem. We are pleased to know that some of our steps have already been appreciated by all stakeholders. We are always open to adopting new ideas. Apart from staggered timings, multiple exits have also eased traffic.” La Martiniere for Girls principal Rupkatha Sarkar added: “We had been approached by the cops and we are working on it. This is a part of a larger plan on which we have to work together.” La Martiniere for Boys principal John Rafi could not reached for comment.

“Most vehicles that come to pick up kids from schools in the Park Street-AJC Bose Road area keep manoeuvring from one road to another, hoping to reach as close to school gates as possible. Local residents have been complaining to us about traffic snarls for years. We are now trying to address the issue,” said an officer.

 

Source: Times of India

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