J.S. Ifthekhar

It is considered only option to minimise chaotic scenario on the roads

There are over 1,000 private schools in twin cities

District authorities chalk out a plan for area-wise holidays for shops

Hyderabad: As the traffic scenario gets chaotic by the day, the district authorities are contemplating imposing staggered timings for schools in the twin cities. This is considered the best option to bring some semblance of order on the roads. A decision will be taken in consultation with the police.

Hyderabad Collector Navin Mittal will shortly hold a meeting with the Additional Commissioner, Traffic, N. Hanumanta Rao, to work out the modalities.

After the matter figured at the recent meeting held by Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy with city legislators and MPs, the district administration is examining the proposal seriously. “Staggering the school timings will not be a problem. We will discuss with the school managements also”, Mr. Mittal said.

There are more than a 1,000 private schools in the State capital, which add to the traffic congestion on roads. There is no need to implement the staggered timings to government schools as hardly anyone uses public or private transport to commute. Children mostly walk down to the school as they live nearly.

Similarly extending the staggered timings to offices is not considered feasible. As for shops and establishments are concerned a proposal was already made but for reasons best known to it the Labour Department is sitting over it.

After holding talks with the stakeholders the district authorities chalked out a plan for area-wise holiday for shops in the twin cities. Representatives of the shopkeepers and trade unions are in favour of the proposal but want the holiday to be on any day other than Saturday and Sunday. Most of the business transactions take place only on weekends and therefore closing the shops on Sundays would result in severe losses, it is said.

Under the Shops and Establishments Act, 1988, the Commissioner of Labour is the Chief Inspector and competent authority to notify any day as holiday for any class of shops other than Sunday.

The Labour Department is expected to take a decision on staggered timings shortly. The delay is attributed to the prolonged Telangana stir and civic polls.