It has pointed out that a large number of schools do not have space for pick up-and-drop facility within their premises, which leads to parents and private vans stopping on the kerb edge, creating bottlenecks.
In order to address this problem, schools have been advised to stagger class timings of various grades so that “the load experienced by roads during opening and closing hours is distributed over a few off-peak hours”. It has also suggested school managements prepare a circulation plan for pick up and drops within the school premises.
The policy suggests existing school managements find space for their buses inside their premises or other private spaces in one to two years. If they’re unable to find then schools must prepare a plan for pick up and drop at the nearest bus stop/ bay.
If there is no space to park buses, schools should hire buses from BMTC or any other operator, who runs buses throughout the day. While these are the rules for existing schools, the policy suggest new ones have their own space for pick up/drop and parking areas.
However, many working in the field believe a lot of these solutions are impractical. “It’s highly impractical to make students walk till a bus stop to get into a vehicle. No parent will allow this considering safety issues. The same problem lies with hiring BMTC buses, especially during Covid times, as parents will be cautious about hygiene. The only way is for the government to support these private schools with some space so that they can park the vehicles during idle hours,” said Manoj Padikkal, chairman, south zone, member, Prawaas coordination committee.
“While it’s a welcome move by the government to think about parking facilities in schools, many of the solutions for existing schools are not viable. They have been there for ages and to find space now is not possible. Instead, the policy should have looked at making parking space mandatory for upcoming schools,” said Mansoor Ali Khan, secretary, Managements of CBSE Schools Association.