From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM
Subject: Crowded school autos:No one feels accountable
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Please refer to the news in the link and the attached report: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Crowded-school-autos-No-one-feels-accountable/articleshow/9145328.cms
Crowded school autos: No one feels accountable
Riya AhujaRiya Ahuja, TNN | Jul 8
CHANDIGARH: Autorickshaw drivers, who take students to schools, regularly flout the state transport authority's ( STA) rule, which allows just three passengers to travel in these vehicles at a time. It is common to spot autorickshaws taking as many as 10 students on the way to schools.
However, major officials concerned with schools and traffic management don't seem willing to take responsibility of this. ''There is no instruction given to schools by our department or Central Board of Secondary Education regarding overloaded autorickshaws. It's an understanding between parents and service providers and we cannot interfere.
Traffic police can handle this menace,'' said director of public instruction (schools) Sandeep Hans. UT's director of education Chanchal Singh said, ''It's the managements of (private) schools, which allow this to happen. It will be very difficult for our department to control these schools.'' When asked about who would be responsible in case such autorickshaws are involved in accidents, president of private school association H S Mamik, said, ''The responsibility lies with the government and not schools.
It's the government which can form and enforce various policies regarding commuting of school children. Parents, who send their kids in these vehicles, are equally responsible.'' UT's experiment with providing buses for government school students was quite successful. However, there don't seem to be enough buses available for the purpose. Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Ravi Raj Kaur, said, ''Buses were started in some schools last year on experimental basis and they got good response. Still, around 300-400 children travel by overloaded autorickshaws, which is unsafe.
I had written to CTU long time back requesting it to start public buses on some of the common routes to our school. But they did not pay heed.'' Jaspreet Kaur, a resident of Kansal village said, ''My son studies in a private school in Sector 7. We have no other option but to send him on an autorickshaw as school bus last stop is around 2km from our house.''
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