Govt. Decided to Prohibit the Establishment of Schools on Highways

Prohibition the establishment of Schools on Highways

After four school children died in a traffic accident on a highway in Bahawalpur, the decision was made at a meeting of the local commissioners, regional police officers (RPOs), and relevant departments. At the Civil Secretariat, the meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal. Rao Sardar Ali Khan, Additional Inspector General of Police (IG) Motorway Police, administrative secretaries of various departments including schools education, higher education, excise, and the Lahore commissioner participated via video link, as did divisional commissioners and RPOs.

Schools, hospitals, and parks located along highways and main roads should have signboards and cat’s eyes. At the time of opening and closing of schools, schools will be required to deploy four road crossing assistants under the supervision of a duty teacher. Officials were asked to conduct a survey of all private schools near highways and main roads to identify any high-risk educational institutions. Where possible, service roads and overhead pedestrian bridges should be built.

According to a preliminary survey, sixteen schools are located near highways and 36 are located near main roads in Bahawalpur. Meanwhile, on Monday, the Chief Secretary instructed the Commissioner to ensure one dish restrictions and strict implementation of wedding timing. He urged police officers to act indiscriminately against criminals.

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