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Govt for efficient transport management for schools: Div Com


SRINAGAR, JUNE 04: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday reviewed the traffic management system of schools in Kashmir valley wherein he emphasized on the enforcement of route plans, colour coding and sustained action against traffic rules violation.
The Divisional Commissioner received the feedback and the work done in this regard from all districts.
The meeting was informed that 15 lac students go to 11000 schools regularly across the valley. In Srinagar district alone 5 lac children go to 4000 schools every day, whereas Kashmir valley has 2500 private schools.
The Divisional Commissioner banned any kind of music in the school buses immediately. The Div Com also gave strict directions with regard to eradicating overloading and plying of school buses for ferrying other passengers. He also directed that every school bus should have yellow colour. If any person found violating these directions, he/she will be booked as per law, he said.
For te safety of the children, he directed all DDCs to do a safety audit of school transport regularly and categorization of schools in collaboration with concerned CEOs in their respective districts and also recommend to purchase new buses in those schools were student enrolment is large. He directed officials to submit fortnightly report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office in this regard.
He asked all DDCs to hold separate meetings with representatives of private schools to evaluate the situation and the above directions will be implemented in letter and spirit.
The IG Traffic flagged a number of issues in various districts to which Div Com ordered to take action on urgent basis.
On the occasion, Div Com said that government has put the efficient traffic management for school going children as the issue is one of the foremost concerns of public importance. He said that every effort is being put to resolve all issues and provide efficient transport facility to the children.
The meeting was attended by DDC Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid Shah, IGP Traffic Kashmir Basant Rath, Joint Director Education, Representatives of Private School Associations and officials representing other departments. The DDCs from other districts attended the meeting via video conferencing.

Launch intensive drive to prevent overloading in public transport: Div Com to RTO


SRINAGAR, JUNE 04: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Kashmir to start intense drive immediately in collaboration with Traffic department to stop overloading in public transport.
The Divisional Commissioner made this direction during a meeting with various stakeholders to review the steps taken to streamline the traffic.
On the occasion, Divisional Commissioner said that various initiatives were taken to streamline the traffic which are bearing fruits. He directed officials to continue the drive for curbing of overloading, wearing proper uniform by drivers, timing of buses, regular route checking by all ARTOs, separate seats for ladies’ passengers, wearing of helmet, student concessions and other steps.
The Div Com said that every passenger bus will ply according to a timetable set by RTO Kashmir in consultation with Traffic Department. All ARTOs, traffic police and SHOs will strictly check and take action in case of any violation.
Khan said that passenger buses will need to display fare list and the driver and conductor should wear proper uniform. He directed the passenger buses to stop immediately if any male person occupies a seat meant for women and refuses to vacate it.
Div Com also banned any kind of music in the buses immediately. The Div Com also gave strict directions with regard to eradicating overloading and plying of school buses for ferrying passengers.
To yield better results in the city and in all other districts, he directed the Traffic Police and ARTOs to work in tandem to curb traffic violations and implement the directions of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in letter and spirit.
The Transporter unions raised various concerns in the meeting and the Divisional Commissioner gave directions for their immediate redressal.
The Divisional Commissioner directed Urban Local Bodies officers to remove all unnecessary check-posts (chungis) on rural roads to help the transporters.
The meeting was attended by IG Traffic Basant Rath, SP Traffic Rural, RTO Kashmir, Assistant Commissioner, all ARTOs, representatives of various transport unions and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.