: Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur (CHSSD) principal has expressed dismay over the new traffic regulations in Dimapur town as formulated by the Dimapur District Planning Board which came into effect from March 1.
In a letter to the chairman, Dimapur District Planning Board, the principal of the school, Aheto Sumi expressed that the decision to make a one way movement of vehicles on both traffic lanes along Church Road from Deluxe traffic point to Holy Cross traffic point from 7 am to 7 pm on week days could have adverse results for the school as parents or guardians would feel the crunch of having to circumnavigate across half the town area just to bring their children to school on time.
The release also stated that CHSS was established in 1954 and formally taken over by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council in 1967 prior to all other such institutions and even before the township of Dimapur itself. In this regard, the school assumed that the question of the school being responsible for the present traffic problems doesn’t arise, nor should its interests be sacrificed without careful thinking.
The release added “it is rather the negligence on the part of the people in authority” over the years while the town was growing and improper town planning and allowing private inhabitants to encroach upon public roads which had resulted in this present dilemma.
The principal also expressed that the school has always been aware of the ever-changing needs in the education system and constantly strived to meet to the demands of education extending education to all strata of society.
In this light, the school inquired whether the students should withdraw from the school due to this new traffic rule or resort to different options such as transforming itself into a public school by raising its tuition fees, or the NBCC could utilize this highly lucrative location for other commercial purposes.
The school further expressed disappointment of having failed to appreciate the profound logical reasoning of allotting the Church Road area as a parking area for vehicles stating that “roads, as all school children are taught, are primarily constructed for plying of vehicles/transportation and not for parking”.