The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights conducted a joint inspection of the bus stop at Opa Road Junction, Khandepar, where a lot of students from Matoshri Indirabai Baburao Khandeparkar High School congregate for public transport after school hours.
The joint inspection had representatives from Deputy Collector’s Office, Ponda; PWD Division XVIII; Secretary, Village Panchayat Curti-Khandepar; Police Station, Ponda after a local resident, Sandeep Parkar raised the issue with the Commission.
The Commission recommended urgent action from Deputy Collector’s Office through a joint inspection of PWD Division XV and XVIII to sort out the issues related to the land where a proper bus stop is proposed and also recommended the Secretary of Village Panchayat, Khandepar to take up the issue in the coming gram sabha meeting for action on the same as per the powers of Village Panchayat.
It may be informed that there were several casualties here at this spot and with illegal shops at the spots, the children are forced to board public transport by standing on the road, which poses danger of road accidents and injuries.
A safe and healthy environment for all and for children is an absolute necessity for their healthy growth and development. Children are susceptible and vulnerable due to their physical size, difficulty in risk perceptions, impulsivity and risk taking behaviors. Children should not die or become disabled for conditions that are predictable and preventable. Physical safety of children in and around school campuses should be the priority of all stakeholders and cannot be solely put on schools. It should be a collective effort of all stakeholders to protect our children, ensure safety and security and reduce the number of injuries and deaths. Safety of every child, whether at home, school or public places or recreational facilities should be a priority, said Peter F. Borges, Chairperson, Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.