Cops manage traffic in front of a school on Park Street on Monday.
Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya
March 20: All schools where board examinations are being held have been asked to open their gates at least an hour and a half before the start of a test to avoid traffic congestion on the road outside.
The Calcutta police directive came in the wake of traffic chaos in the city on the first day of the CBSE exams on March 9.
A school on Park Street had allegedly opened its gates to examinees late, thus adding to the traffic snarl caused by several schools giving over at the same time.
"We had some problems on the first day (of the CBSE exams), which was mostly because of a school's delay in opening the gates. From that day, all traffic guards have been told to ensure that school gates are opened at least one-and-a-half hours before the scheduled time," said deputy commissioner (traffic) V. Solomon Nesakumar.
Traffic cops have since been using loudhailers, flexes and guard rails to keep students and guardians from spilling on the thoroughfare.
Several major board examinations - Higher Secondary, ICSE, ISC and CBSE Class X and XII - are being held simultaneously.
Metro takes a look at how traffic management outside examination centres has changed:
Traffic cops have been making announcements for guardians to leave the school premises once the students go inside.
Footpath for waiting
The footpath of Park Street has been earmarked for students and guardians who choose to wait for some time before entering the examination venue. They are not allowed to loiter on the thoroughfare.
Pick and drop
No vehicles that come to drop students off at school are allowed to wait on the road. "We ensured that there was continuous traffic flow and no vehicle stopped for more than a few seconds. It was good that the guardians also cooperated," said a senior officer of the east traffic guard under whose jurisdiction the stretch falls. The same drill was followed when the exam got over and students started coming out.
Officers in the traffic control room said no congestion was reported because of any examination across the city today.