Thursday, June 30, 2005

Aggressive parents force police to scale down parking ban

Only 5 schools come under parking ban
Rule To Cover Remaining 11 Later
The Times of India

Bangalore: Succumbing to public opinion, the city police have modified their order of banning parking of private vehicles within a radius of 200 metres of 16 centrally located schools. It does not apply to all the schools now. Only five schools come under the ‘Safe Route to School Project’ for the time being. The rule will be extended to the other schools in a phased manner.

In a press note on Wednesday, traffic police have stated that the new rule will apply to Sophia Girls’ School (Palace Road), Baldwin Boys’ School (Hosur Road), Baldwin Girls’ School (Richmond Road), Bishop Cotton Girls’ School (St Mark’s Road) and Kendriya Vidyalaya (Victoria Road). Parking of private vehicles will not be permitted near these schools during the start and closing hours from July 1, police said. Parents violating this rule will be fined. Initially, we will educate them, police added.

The police have exempted 11 schools for the time being and said: “In the schools other than the above mentioned some more preparatory work like hiring of buses and identifying routes has to be done.’’

Commenting on the inconvenience being caused to the pre-nursery and nursery students of five schools where parents are not allowed to drop and pick up their wards, DCP Traffic (East) M.A. Saleem said: “Children can be dropped through the car pooling system and the school authorities will issue passes to cars. These cars will be allowed inside the gate.’’ Children coming by the public transport such as buses and vans will be allowed to get down near the school gate, he added. The police modified their June 22 order on Wednesday morning after police commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh took a relook at the situation.

We have done homework like holding talks with parent-teacher associations, BMTC authorities and identifying routes with regard to these five schools, police said.

The 11 schools where ban will be enforced later are: Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Residency Road; St Charles School, Hennur Road; National Public School, Indiranagar; St John’s School, Promenade Road; Frank Antony Public School, Ulsoor; St Meera School, Ulsoor; St Francis Xavier School, Cole’s Park; St Germain School, Cole’s Park; Sacred Heart Girls’ School, Residency Road; Cathedral High School, and St Ann’s Girls School, Miller’s Road.

Famous Five

Schools where private vehicles are banned
Sophia Girls’ School, Palace Road.
Baldwin Girls’ School, Hosur Road.
Baldwin Boys’ School, Hosur Road.
Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, St Mark's Road.
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Victoria Layout.


The new rule comes into effect on July 1.
For now, only 5 schools come under ban.
Parents violating this rule will be fined.
Pre-nursery, nursery children can be dropped through car pooling system.
School authorities will issue passes to cars.
These cars will be allowed inside the gate.


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