Jamshedpur : School vans and rickshaws packed with students with children’s bags bulging out of the windows are a regular sight.
Despite district administration’s initiative to crack down on school autorickshaws and vans, the operators continue to flout the directives. Concerned over the situation parents’ association met the Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and lodged complain over the prevailing situation.
East Singhbhum district administration has decided to carry out surprise drive on a regular basis against overloaded school vans and auto-rickshaws. The drive would be carried out soon after school’s reopen on Monday after Durga puja vacation.
The East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said after the meeting with the parents the administration has decided to conduct drives at regular basis.
The parents had lodged their protest to the Deputy Commissioner over rampant violation of Jharkhand Education Tribunal (JET) guidelines for strict implementation of Supreme Court ruling on safe transportation of school children in the city.
“I have gone through the petitions of the parents and would be issuing necessary instruction to the concerned authorities for action on school vans and auto-rickshaws carrying students beyond the permit,” said Amitabh Kaushal.
“The DC has assured for a sustained drive against violators from Monday. We would see if it is really carried out in a sustained manner. Overloading is the most common violation by these vehicles.
A majority of these vehicles are private vehicles carrying out a commercial activity. We have expressed concern and conveyed the same to many schools in the city but with little response ,” said Umesh Kumar, president of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh.
He went on to add that parents must ensure that the auto drivers they hire follow the rules. They must see that the private autos have a side door and other safety measures.
Though it may be fun for the children and may seem cheaper for parents, overcrowding children in autos is dangerous.
Interestingly, two schoolgirls were severely injured when the overloaded auto-rickshaw they were travelling turned turtle after being hit by another three-wheeler near G Town Ground in Bistupur on September 7.
While seven students were injured when an auto-rickshaw overturned near Mango Bridge on August 29.