Un­clog roads: Cops ask schools to change timings

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mohiuddin Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: The traf­fic police has come up with a so­lu­tion to curb traf­fic con­ges­tion — they are en­sur­ing that schools in the same re­gion do not have the same timings.

Ear­lier this week, the traf­fic police depart­ment met with the man­age­ment of schools and col­leges in Vashi and Kopar Khairane ask­ing them to ef­fect changes in their start and close time. The police are planning to hold sim­i­lar meet­ings in other ar­eas where there are a large num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of police (traf­fic) Arvind Salve, said: “The timings of most ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions are the same. Some ar­eas face traf­fic is­sues due to the pres­ence of large num­ber of ve­hi­cles at the same time. This af­fects stu­dents, res­i­dents and mo­torists.”

The traf­fic police have over the years re­ceived many com­plaints in this re­gard. It was in this con­text that a de­ci­sion on the is­sue was taken. Salve said, “We have held meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of man­age­ments of 26 schools and col­leges of Vashi and Kopar Khairane. We have asked them to con­sult among them­selves and keep a dif­fer­ence of 10 to 15 min­utes in their start and end timings.”

Navi Mum­bai is fast be­com­ing an ed­u­ca­tional hub due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of schools and col­leges. “A large num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions have come up in the city es­pe­cially in Vashi, Pan­vel, Kharghar, Kopar Khairane, and Nerul.

Salve said, “Most schools start at 7am and end at 12 noon. This re­sults in buses and ve­hi­cles of all schools crowd­ing the area at the zsame time, lead­ing to traf­fic jams. Dif­fer­ent school timings will help de­con­gest the area.”

Salve said, “We will im­ple­ment the pol­icy throughout Navi Mum­bai. The new timings will be de­cided be­fore the start of the aca­demic year in June.”

THE TRAF­FIC POLICE DEPT ASKED THE MAN­AGE­MENT OF SCHOOLS AND COL­LEGES IN VASHI AND KOPAR KHAIRANE TO EF­FECT CHANGES IN THEIR START AND CLOSE TIME

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.