Indore: Delhi Public School, which was under fire over allegations of violating safety norms and standards following the tragic bus accident, dared to skip the meeting called by collector on Tuesday to discuss preventive measures and safety norms. About 150 representatives from different schools attended the meeting.

In the backdrop of death of four students of Delhi Public School (DPS) in the tragic accident on Bypass on January 5 last, collector Nishant Warwade called the meeting at his office. Several school representatives clarified their doubts pertaining to road safety and relevant laws from the collector at the meeting.  At the end of the meeting when attendance registers were checked to confirm about the presence of representative from DPS, there were no entry by anyone from the school.

When media asked the collector about it, he said that “His message has been taken by those who were present and will of course reach to those who were absent.”

‘Errants will not be spared’

Earlier, holding the meeting collector Warwade clearly warned the school and college representatives to follow the rules set by the Supreme Court, high court and CBSE. He asked the representatives to maintain mandatory seatbelts, CCTV camera, first aid box, speed governor and GPS in buses.

Random checking will also be carried out to check traffic violations and errants will be booked with hard legal action under Motor Vehicle Act, he said, adding that “This will be followed collectively by parents, police and district administration and aware citizens. All bus operators will have to give affidavit to comply the rules.” He further informed that the “District administration is developing an app named ‘Janruk Indore’, where bus operators will have to mention information about buses and their routes.”

“Safety of the school children is prime objective of the district administration and no compromise would be accepted in this point. In case of accident, apart from driver legal action would be initiated against school operators also. Permits of the old buses are under process of cancellation. State government is also preparing a guideline for school bus operation and this would be executed strictly,” he said. On this occasion SP Mohammad Yusuf Qureshi, ADMs Kailash Wankhade and Ajay Sharma, DSP Traffic Pradip Singh Chouhan were also present.

Auto and van drivers reprimanded

Earlier in the day, more than 10 school auto-van drivers reached Jansunvai to meet the collector with hope of getting some relief in terms of possible ban on carrying schholchildren, but their attempt turned futile. Collector Warwade called them in his chamber and reprimanded them. Administrative sources informed that collector clearly told them either follow the set guidelines or find some new employment. The collector will not spare any one if found violating rules, the source added.

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