Police videograph and take photos of unruly traffic when educational institutions open and close

Residents of Gayatri Nagar have increased resistance to the traffic congestion and other problems being caused by different educational institutions in the area.

Gayatri Nagar Residents Association office-bearers Chukkapalli Sudha and D. Sambasiva Rao on Monday invited the traffic police officials to witness for themselves the chaos caused by autorickshaws, school buses and other vehicles during school closing time. A circle inspector and sub-inspector, along with several constables sent by Commissioner of Police B. Srinivasulu, came to the spot in plainclothes and spent over an hour on Polyclinic Road, Sri Ramakrishna Street and other narrow bylanes videographing and photographing the unruly traffic and the congestion caused by vehicles.

According to residents of Gayatri Nagar they have been demanding that the authorities not permit more educational institutions in the area for the past three years. There are three big educational institutions, (three schools and a college that belong to three corporate groups) adjacent to each other in Gayatri Nagar on Polyclinic Road.

Hundreds of vehicles descend on the locality at the time the schools open and close. None of the institution has made any provision for parking of vehicles. The vehicles wait on the arterial Polyclinic Road and in the narrow bylanes around them. As if the congestion in the narrow bylanes was not enough, another college with mere sheds with air -conditioning – has also come up on Siva Ramakrishna Street.

The Gayatri Nagar campus of one corporate institution provides coaching for some day-scholars. Since a school and a college adjoining belonged to the same group there are gates joining one campus with the other adding to the inconvenience of people living in the locality.

The traffic police have given clear instructions to the heads of the institutions to keep some gates closed so that the residents are not put to too much of inconvenience. They even threatened to write to the Education Department seeking cancellation of their recognition. The response of the institutions to the threats of the traffic police is awaited, said the residents. “I always pray that there is no medical emergency at the time these institutions open or close, because it is impossible for an ambulance to get into the locality,” said Ms. Sudha showing photographs of the heavy traffic congestion to the police.

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