Mumbai : Battling the pressures of school is not the only problem children are facing today. Many risk their lives to reach their school as they are compelled to walk past the high speeding traffic.

Shivani Pawar, a seventh-grade student, and thousands of commuters and other school students risk their lives while crossing the Marol Naka signal. Pawar said that motorists do not halt at the signal but she takes this route to save time.

In order to avoid taking a long route to school, toddlers of three schools situated near Marol Naka are forced to cross the signal.

Situated just below the Marol Naka Metro station, motorists break more than one traffic rule at this signal. Firstly, they break the red signal and speed across the intersection without following the rule. Pedestrians complain that there are inadequate traffic personnel deployed at the signal in order to avoid untoward incidents.

Residents have demanded to put a zebra crossing on the road in order to reduce the risk of crossing it.

Ravi Nair, a civic activist and a resident of Andheri, said, “The signal is a threat to the life of thousands who cross it on a daily basis. The administration has paid no heed to solve our issues. We have written to the traffic department, the Metro officials and civic body requesting them to provide public crossing in the central median below Marol Naka station.”

Nair added that though the traffic department had written to the Metro for placing a Cantilever traffic signal but the Metro officials have delayed it citing technical issues. “So at present, the entire work is on hold as none of the department is responding properly. A lot of people avoid crossing the signal and take a long route to reach the other side. We have been approaching the authorities since February.”

Speaking to the Free Press Journal, a senior civic official from Andheri ward (K east) said, “I have not received the entire detail of the issue. We would give a visit on Wednesday in order to immediately resolve the issue.”

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