Hiccups in school bus service in Chandigarh on first day, parents harassed: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Chandigarh, April 4

Parents were very harassed today as some school buses did not run on the first day causing confusion. Parents had to drop their children off at school before going to work.

In several places, school buses left school late and also left students at school.

The confusion, parents say, will linger for a few days as bus routes have to be decided by schools. A circular in this regard was issued by one of the schools in the city – Delhi Public School, Area 40 – stating that the school was in the process of working out the arrangements for the provision of transportation. Parents will receive an indication of routes and pick-up/drop-off points that will be common and closest for all students. “The school should have been ready with the plan of the bus lines without disturbing the parents. We don’t know if the buses will even run on April 6th. This is gross mismanagement at the end of school,” one parent said. Another parent, Rajan, regretted: “The buses arrived well, but it was difficult to adjust after such a long interval. The bus attendant left my daughter at school. However, in no time, the entrepreneur transported these children in his own vehicle. Manjeet Singh of the Chandigarh School Bus Operators Welfare Association (Tricity) said: “Some buses will run from April 6 after all schools reopen.”

Another school in town – Chitkara International School – wrote a flyer to parents saying, “School buses will leave the school premises late today at 3:15 p.m. The school asks for the cooperation of parents and is available at pick-up points. “At first there were some hiccups as bus services also resumed after a two-year hiatus. Some parents who had agreed earlier to send their children by bus came to pick up their children at the school gate. Identifying the children was also a challenge as they have grown up and the bus staff are also new. Everything will be fine in a day or two.

“Blatant mismanagement”

The school should have been ready with a bus route plan without causing any inconvenience to the parents. We don’t know if the buses will even run on April 6th. This is gross mismanagement at the end of school. – A parent

Melvin Z. Madore