The State government has decided to roll out school buses in Shillong after reopening of schools and as a result at least 450 private cars will be taken off the roads in the event the school buses are appropriately used.
The State government stated this during a hearing of a PIL filed by local lawyer Philip Khrawbok Shati in the division bench of the Meghalaya High Court today.
According to the State government, the school bus system will be implemented immediately after reopening of schools and the results regarding ease of traffic jam are expected to be seen by the end of the month.
“It is a positive step taken by the State and even if 250 to 300 cars are removed from the Shillong roads that would ease the traffic congestion to a great extent. It is hoped that the school buses would start plying immediately upon the schools reopening and parents and guardians would be encouraged to allow their wards to use the buses once security measures in such buses are put in place by the State,” the High Court said.
The High Court also asked the State government to appoint personnel to monitor the extent of ease in congestion as a result of the proposed measure.
“Other measures as indicated in the report filed on the last occasion should be taken as per the specific timelines,” the court said while also listing the matter for hearing on March 14.
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