NMC ready to create 500 bus stops for school buses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 09:30:11


Staff Reporter,

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is ready to create infrastructure for the schools for pick and drop facilities for the students. The civic body has submitted a list of 500 probable bus stops to Regional Transport Office (RTO). The civic body will levy charge from the schools for providing facilities.

It may be mentioned that RTO had directed School Managements to provide list of the designated bus stops for the students nearer to their locality as per the directions of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. The court had directed Transport Department to ensure safety of the students as well as parents. Mayor Nanda Jichkar called a meeting of all the stake-holders to resolve the issue in her chamber at NMC on Monday. DCP Traffic, RTO Officers, Transport Department officials of NMC and senior corporator Sunil Agrawal were present in the meeting. RTO has sought list of existing bus stops from Joint Director Education.

The bus stoppage will be finalised by the School Bus Security Committee headed by Commissioner of Police and RTO is Member-Secretary and Regional Transport Authority (RTA) headed by District Collector, DCP Traffic and RTO. Presently, the buses are passing through small and narrow roads creating traffic jams for the other vehicles. The big buses used by the school management created chaos to the traffic and also poses danger to the students and others. In several cases, it was found that the students were killed by the school buses due to negligence of the driver as road was narrow. Therefore, RTO Sharad Jichkar had issued a letter to all the school managements, principals and Head Masters to provide list of the bus stops or parking space over 12 meter wide roads.

It may be mentioned that all the schools will have to constitute a School Transport Committee to provide safe transport facilities to the students. The committee will also decide bus stops, check all the documents of the bus operators and drivers, availability of first aid-box in the bus. NMC has already 158 bus stops all over the city. The school managements can make some payment to the civic body for the using of their buses on these bus stops.