Road Works, Car Pooling Can Help Reduce Traffic Snarls

SHARJAH — Even as parents, school buses and children grapple with everyday snarls and slow moving traffic in the mornings, schools say the solution lies in speedy road works, staggered office timings, car pooling and more use of company buses so people are discouraged to use their cars.

By Preeti Kannan And Ahmed Shaaban

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Published: Thu 9 Oct 2008, 12:55 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

Schools say that pupils spend over two hours in buses or cars to cover a distance less than 20km every day. Parents and schools agree that picking up children in the wee hours of the morning or changing schedules indefinitely is not the long-term solution. Now, with winter approaching, parents also worry that it would be really dark when children are picked up in the mornings.

“Picking up students very early poses problem for small children,” observed Thomas Mathew, principal of the boys branch of Our Own English High School, Sharjah. He added that speedy road works in the emirate would also greatly help alleviate traffic issues.

Vandana Marwaha, principal of Delhi Private School, Sharjah, noted, “We cannot change our schedules indefinitely, but we are planning to have fewer bus stops. Children end up spending more time in buses than in schools. We are now brainstorming to find a solution. However, it’s time we tackle things at our level.”

John, a parent, who tries alternate routes everyday, said the situation was getting worse by the day. “Sharjah authorities have to coordinate and complete works, instead of digging up the whole of Sharjah. What happens in the event of a fire or any other emergency? How will these services get to people on time,” he asked.

Fawziya Hassan, Director of Sharjah Education Zone, told KT, “Though the issue was raised at a meeting with the Sharjah Police and Emirates Transport Corporation before the beginning of the academic year, traffic jams still persist.”

“While some school buses have already started collecting students at 5.30am to beat traffic congestions, some parents drive their children in their own cars, and this adds to the problem,” she noted.

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