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School children at risk of accident

Road widening work in Harmu area has claimed a passenger shed besides Sahajanand Chowk, putting the lives of schoolchildren at risk.

Ever since the road construction department dismantled the shed on Monday, children along with their parents have been forced to stand on the road while waiting for the school bus to arrive, thereby increasing chances of meeting with a fatal accident.

A local resident Deepak Kumar, who also runs a shop in the locality, supported the observation, saying: “In the morning hours, students of different public schools stand on the road even as vehicles keep passing by in high speed. Yesterday only, a student of St Thomas School, who was alone, had a close shave when a speeding car brushed past her.”

Another resident, Umakant Mishra, who comes every morning to see his son and daughter off to school, said: “Children have been forced to change their designated stoppage ever since the shed was brought down,” Mishra added.

A road construction department official acknowledged that schoolchildren were facing inconvenience but termed it as a teething problem.

“This is temporary. The widening work will end by March and the shed will again come up,” he added.

Deputy chief executive officer of Ranchi Municipal Corporation S.K. Lal echoed him.

“As a civic official, I want widening of the road near Sahajanand Chowk to ensure proper traffic movement. Once the work gets over, we will construct the shed,” Lal said.