HC Orders Road Safety Near School

Published: 05th September 2015 03:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2015 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The High Court on Friday directed the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to mark a zebra crossing, set up an amber caution signal and a road hump near Parikrama School in Jayanagar Second Block within three months.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna issued this direction after the government counsel informed the court that traffic police have cleared a proposal for it.

During the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Prakash Babu K and others, the BBMP’s counsel informed the court that 109 places in the city will have scientific humps and high-raised pedestrian crossings.

In reply, the Acting Chief Justice said the speed breakers to be installed should not become ‘back-breakers’.

Lakshmy Iyengar, counsel for the petitioners, told the court that despite a direction by Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, the authorities did not take any step to ensure safety of children.

She argued that the school, run for underprivileged children, has been indifferent to the safety of its students as several accidents have occurred outside its gate when children cross the road. The petitioner said she has witnessed many severe accidents near the school as children rush to the bus stop across the road.

She pointed out that two speed breakers have been built near Rani Sarala Devi school, near Parikrama, on both sides of the road with sign boards. But the authorities are neglecting the safety of children of Parikrama School, she said.

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