Bheeshma Chand

Association assures safe passage on Tuesday

Private taxis ferrying children to school were stopped midway

Some school buses were stopped and their drivers threatened

Bangalore: The transporters strike may have brought a welcome holiday for some children on Monday, but for many others, it proved a traumatic experience as the private taxis that ferried them to school were stopped midway by angry protestors who even deflated tyres of some vehicles.

The Bangalore Tourist Taxi Operators’ Association, however, said that it was only “some miscreants” who had created trouble.

They have assured that vans taking children to school will not be affected on Tuesday.

Speaking to The Hindu, Shree Bala, a teacher at Carmel School, Padmanabhanagar, said that a few buses plying on Bannerghatta Road and in Kadirenahalli and Banshankari were stopped. It was only after speaking to the transport co-ordinators that the buses were allowed to move.

Prashant Fernandis, Principal, Ryan Public School, Whitefield, said that two of the school buses were stopped on the way and their drivers threatened. “The drivers were allowed to resume the journey with a warning that they should remain off the road tomorrow.” Some panic-stricken parents voluntarily came to pick their wards after school hours. The school is considering declaring a holiday after assessing the situation on Tuesday.

Chirantan Suhrid, a 7th Standard student at St. Josephs Boys School, was all set to leave for school in the morning when the van driver called to say that he will not be coming to pick him up.

Schools that were spared the trauma were those which admit children from neighbourhoods and those which do not depend on private transporters. “As most of the students live near by, the strength of students was as usual,” said Rabina Farooq, principal of Prasiddhi School, Vasant Nagar. Prema Rajagopal, Principal of Vidya Niketan School, Ullal Road, said that the school faced no problems as the school has taken BMTC buses on a contract. Some schools, like those belonging to the National Public School group, declared a holiday early thus avoiding travel confusion.