To avoid traffic jams during peak hours, new school timings have been announced by the District Administration of Islamabad. Due to on-going construction work in Islamabad, there have been various accidents and traffic inconvenience is at its peak which is a serious problem for the commuters. The issue has been under the notice of District Magistrate Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and a solution has been devised. As per the notification, new timings have been announced to avoid traffic congestion and help motorists during peak hours.
As per the recommendations of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), a block-wise traffic schedule has been announced to streamline the flow of traffic, which will be applicable to all the educational institutions.
Here is a breakdown of the block-wise new timings introduced:
- Block 1 which consists of Sectors I and H will have the morning shift from 8am to 1pm, evening shift from 1:30pm to 6:30pm and Montessori and prep classes from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
- Block 2 which consists of Sectors F-6 and F-7 will have the morning shift from 8am to 1pm, evening shift from 1:30pm to 6:30pm and Montessori and prep classes from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
- Block 3 which consists of Sectors F-8 and F-10 will have the morning shift from 8:30am to 1:30pm, evening shift from 1:45pm to 6:45pm and Montessori and prep classes from 8:45am to 12:45pm.
- Block 4 which consists of Sectors G-10 and G-11 will have the morning shift from 8am to 1pm, evening shift from 1:30pm to 6:30pm and Montessori and prep classes from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
- Block 5 which consists of Sectors F-11 and E-11 will have the morning shift from 8:30am to 1pm, evening shift from 1:45pm to 6:45pm and Montessori and prep classes from 8:45am to 12:45pm.
Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat shared a notification issued on December 23rd by the office of the district magistrate, which notes that traffic congestion due to construction of IJP Road and Rawal Dam chowk “has increased manifold causing nuisance, frequent accidents and road blockage.”
Earlier, classes were being held six days a week because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Directorate of Education has now clarified that classes with 100% attendance will be held five days a week. Pfizer vaccination has also been made compulsory for students aged between 12 and 18 years.
All educational institutions must abide by the new timings issued by the Federal Government. We are hoping that the new timings announced for schools will ease the flow of traffic and minimise hurdles faced by daily commuters on peak hours.
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