Schools anxious of transport bandh, but won't declare holiday

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 7:36pm IST | Place: Vashi | Agency: DNA
Vashi: Schools have become apprehensive after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has called a transport bandh across Maharashtra today against the toll collection across all roads in the state.

The school buses ferrying children may likely to get affected if the proposed bandh is not called off.

Most of the parents, especially whose children are in Montessori section, are a worried as the buses carrying them may get stuck while on their way to school or home.

"I may not send my children to school as we are not sure what will happen today during the protest. However, I will check whether the party activists plan to target school buses," says Rachna Satpute, a parent.

Meanwhile, many schools are not bothered about the bandh issue and they believe that the centre of problems will be around highways. "The party has problem with the toll collections and they had earlier also attacked toll plazas. I hope they will not target school buses," says a school principal, requesting anonymity.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray had recently alleged that the road toll collected in Maharashtra was being used by the Nationalist Congress Party as an election fund and it was one of the biggest scams in the country. Thackeray had called for a transport bandh while he was addressing a rally in Pune.

Most of city schools do not want to declare holiday as the examination are closeby and a holiday will affect their studies. "Such protests keep taking place in the city. I hope the party does not target schools buses," a school teacher.

The party, too, has not made it clear whether school buses will be part of the bandh. Gajanan Kale replied through an sms that he was not aware about it as he was in a meeting in Dadar.

Rashmi Choudhri, principal of Poddar International School, is not in a mood to declare a holiday. "Every time we have to close the school on similar situation and this affects the studies of children. But children's safety is primary, so we will take a decision as per the situation," says Choudhri.

Manmeet Behel, principal of Ryan International School, Sanapda, said, "We will decide after taking analysing the situation."

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