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Truck no-entry relief for schools

Three days after city schools revised their schedule to shield students from heatstrokes, East Singhbhum district administration on Thursday issued a circular to change entry timings for heavy vehicles to the city so that children are not exposed to mishap threat on their way back home.

According to the regulation jointly issued by East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar and Jamshedpur deputy superintendent of police (traffic) R.M. Sinha, entry of heavy vehicles to the city will be barred from 5am to 8.30am, 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm.

With the revised timings for trucks, students would not have to encounter heavy vehicles either while going to school or coming back home.

New timings will be in effect till schools return to their original schedule, tentatively till the onset of monsoon.

A majority of ICSE and CBSE-affiliated schools in the city changed their timings from Monday to protect children from the sweltering heat. Missionary institutions, which were closed for Easter Monday, revised the schedule from Tuesday.

Usually, the district administration orders schools to revise their timings in scorching summers. But, this year the cradles took the onus on themselves to change summer timings on their own. The change in schedule was flashed in newspapers.

However, owing to lack of alertness on the part of district traffic department, the timings of the entry of heavy vehicles were not revised.

So, students encountered queues of trucks and trailers as they came out from school. In a bid to hurry home, students often rushed across busy arteries, raising chances of accidents.

Now, it threat is safely in the past.

Principal of Motilal Nehru Public School, located on the busy Subernarekha Link Road in Sakchi, Anshu Tiwary expressed relief.

“Students scamper across the road to catch vehicles to go home. Subernarekha Link road is more or less swarming with students of many schools, auto-rickshaws and pool vans. With heavy vehicles speeding through the artery, there was always a threat. I was worried when administration did not revise truck timings. I had even decided to meet traffic DSP over the issue. Now, I am happy that administration has taken the much-awaited step,” she said.

Traffic DSP R.M. Sinha said instruction had been issued to the five traffic police stations at Jugsalai, Bistupur, Sakchi, Mango and Golmuri to nab any heavy vehicle found violating the new regulation.

“The order has been issued in the wake of changed school timings. A fine of Rs 2,000 will be slapped on errant vehicles,” said the traffic DSP.