Schools in Kilpauk adopt various measures to manage the traffic flow during peak hours, but the chaos persists still.
Who said teaching children is the only job that schools have? A few of them in Kilpauk have turned into traffic managers.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya on Taylors Road, Rukmani Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, B.K. Kothari Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Seth P D Hinduja Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School are only a few meters away from each other. It is because of them that a commuter takes a minimum of half-an-hour to cross the stretch during peak traffic hours. The increase in number of cars is not the only problem; parents parking their vehicles on the main road contribute to the slow flow of traffic.
While residents complain about the insensitivity of the drivers, schools in the area are doing their part to control the traffic menace. Ragini Srinivasan, counsellor at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, says: “We have different groups controlling traffic within the school campus. There are parents who volunteer to come early to manage the line of cars dropping off students. Teachers also lend a helping hand by taking turns to stand at different points in the morning. They assist kids to alight quickly, enabling a smooth flow of traffic. We also have something called the Young Indian Group. It comprises 50 standard XI students, who form a human chain to help students enter safely, and at the same time, manage the outgoing cars.” However, they have to rely on security guards and traffic police in the evenings.
To ensure that the traffic in the evening doesn’t worsen, primary, senior secondary and higher senior secondary classes are dismissed at different time. It is only during festivals and special holidays that we take the help of the traffic police,” she adds. Seth PD Hinduja Sindhi Model School has a traffic warden trained by the Tamil Nadu Police Traffic Warden Organisation, who takes the responsibility of traffic around the school. “To start with, we make the lane leading to the school one way to avoid congestion. We also have a Road Safety Patrol Team comprising 155 students from class VIII. They have been provided with proper uniforms and RSP kit,” says Usharani Sankar, Vice Principal of the school.
Most schools have RSP volunteers but traffic management is limited to inside the campus and at the gate. It is the parents or guardians who have to be more sensitive. “The RSP team does their work but their reach is limited. To tackle the traffic issue, we regularly send notices to the parents requesting them not to leave their vehicles near the school,” says the Vice Principal of Chinmaya Vidyalaya on Taylors Road.