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AFTER PANVEL BUS MISHAP, NEW POLICY FOR SAFETY OF SCHOOL BUS ON CARDS

The state government seems to have given priority to the issue of safety of school children. The state transport department has said that it will formulate a new policy for school buses-private and public vehicles ferrying school children. The state transport minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil announced that very soon the transport secretary, transport commissioner Deepak Kapoor will be meeting representatives of the Transporters’ Association, school managements and parent-teacher associations. The meeting, to be chaired by Vikhe-Patil, has been called to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to place hisher objections or suggestion, before final touches are given to the policy. In the recent past, there were two major accidents involving vehicles ferrying school children. In January 2008, three school children were killed when the CNG cylinder of the van they were travelling in exploded in Millat Nagar. In August 2009, 22 children sustained burn injuries when their school bus caught fire in Panvel. Following a public outcry, and the transport department’s failure to check offenders, the state government swung into action to ensure that such incidents do not recur. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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