Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Schools to remain close for 17 days during Games

As a step towards easing traffic during the Commonwealth Games in October, the Delhi government has decided to give schools both government and private a 17-day autumn break this year. To compensate for the loss of working days, the summer break will be shortened to 49 days instead of the usual 61.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting of the Delhi government after a recently released report by the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB) said commuting to and from schools and colleges constitutes the third highest transport volume on city roads. An advisory on this has been sent to schools.

There are unconfirmed inputs that college timings could also be altered during the Games and even big corporate houses may be approached to keep flexible timings.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said that the decision had been taken to ‘‘overcome traffic congestion’’ during the Games and ensure ‘‘smooth hosting’’ of the mega sporting event in the capital.

‘‘It has been decided to extend the autumn break from eight to 17 days while the summer vacation has been reduced,’’ the chief minister said.

The autumn break will be from October 1 to October 17. The capital will host the Games from October 3 to 14th of the month. Schools will open after Vijaydashami, which falls on October 17.