• Pick-&-drop to start near 2 AJC Bose Rd schools
    Times of India | 21 November 2023
  • Kolkata: After getting multiple successes in south Kolkata – and a similar effort around Darga Road in Park Circus — the Kolkata Traffic Police, led by Southeast and Park Circus traffic guards, has now begun implementing its most ambitious pick-and-drop project outside two more schools on AJC Bose Road.

    Cops have identified these two schools — one boys’ school and the other for girls — to implement the project and bring to an end the traffic snarls on the south-bound lane (from Moulali side towards Minto Park), especially during the dispersal.The location had been identified by cops as one of the top-priority school zones.

    Police said the challenge was to keep parking on one lane to stop massive jams on AJC Bose Road. “According to our plan, school-bound vehicles can only park near the school for dropping and picking up students. Once again, the grace period will be 10-15 minutes before/after school, based on the pressure on the road. No two-lane parking will be allowed at any cost,” said an ACP overseeing this project along with ongoing ones at Park Circus and Ballygunge-Gariahat.

    Sources said that unlike other school spots, cops want to be far more patient while implementing this project at this spot. “Our survey found several non-school vehicles parked here citing school duty. Hence, we have to continue chasing these car owners and drivers. Being on an extremely busy stretch, we cannot commit any other alternative road to these vehicle drivers for waiting to pick up easily except by forming a larger loop and waiting for the correct time,” said a sergeant.

    According to sources, all sergeants on duty on this 250-metre stretch have to ensure that no school vehicles remain parked on the road after they finish dropping the students in school. However, the cops face a greater challenge during the dispersal time when they claim they don’t want parked cars to block the lanes and bylanes.

    “We plan a lot more chasing – where our men ensure that cars that have completed dropping/picking up students are not allowed to wait anymore. We also plan a circular flow of school vehicles at dispersal time,” a cop said, adding the same practice is already in use in schools located on Syed Amir Ali Avenue and Park Street-Minto Park besides Gariahat. “The whole idea is to ensure traffic does not become stagnant here,” said an officer, adding they will hold consultations with pool car drivers and attendants to streamline the process.
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