School children reach home late as Traffic Police undertakes ‘odd-hour’ inspections


Srinagar: School children travelling by school buses here have been reaching home inconveniently late –due to “ill-timed’ inspection of the vehicles by Traffic Police while parents remain unnerved.

For the past few days, the rural wing of the Traffic Police has started a special drive to inspect the school buses and to verify requisite documents. Though such inspections are much-awaited, the timing is inconvenient.

The traffic police stops the school-buses when the kids are being ferried back home in the afternoons. Special Nakas are being laid on the major roads, mostly on the outskirts, where all buses ferrying schoolchildren are made to halt.

As a result, beeline of vehicles, queue for inspection which takes time. “Our bus was last in the queue and it took us an hour at the inspection  point,” said a school bus driver.

Students said some of them fainted in the bus as a result of which many of them started crying and looking for their parents. The parents, on the other hand are equally concerned. “Given the tension in the wake of recent attacks, we got worried about the well-being of our wards only to discover that untimely inspection was the reason of their coming late,” the parents said adding many such buses were lined up at Humhama.

The parents said instead of prioritizing inspection of small school cabs allegedly run on LPG cylinders, the Traffic Police was busy with inspection of big school buses, most of which are new, and adhere to norms.

“Inspection is a must. Nobody can deny this as it is for the safety of our children, but why are not these buses inspected when they return for school after dropping our kids,” said a delegation of parents.

Officials said it the inspection was being undertaken by the rural wing of Traffic Police but the concerned didn’t respond to phone calls. Meanwhile the parents appealed Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to personally look into the matter.








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