Work on four Noida Metro projects likely to begin in May NCERT books to impart lessons in road safety

April 2, 2013

According to sources, Noida authority officials are working hard to complete all the paper work related to the proposed Metro links — a 3.9-km route between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden, the 6.7-km City Centre-Sector 62 link, 30-km City Centre-Bodaki (Greater Noida) line and 7-km Sector 71-Greater Noida West link — by the end of April.Authority officials said Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will inaugurate infrastructure projects worth R10,000 crore, which include the proposed Metro links and three bridges over the Yamuna, in the first week of May.

“Before the inauguration in May, the Noida authority will complete formalities of memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed with DMRC for the Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden link. We have sent the file to the urban development ministry for approval,” said a senior authority official.

The detailed project report (DPR) of the City CentreSector 62 route has already been approved by the Noida authority. “An MoU will be signed soon. The authority is also likely to approve the DPRs of two proposed routes — City Centre-Greater Noida’s Bodaki and Sector 71-Greater Noida West,” said the official.

Officials said the chief minister would inaugurate three proposed bridges across the Yamuna — one near Okhla Barrage and one each in sectors 150 and 168 to connect the city with Faridabad.

Soon, students of middle and secondary classes will get lessons in road safety and rules. Taking a leaf out of the books of developed countries such as the US and UK, the road transport and highway ministry has decided to incorporate chapters on road safety in the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum.

The curriculum drafts have been prepared and the chapters will be included in the academic year 2014, said Sanjay Bandopadhyay, joint secretary of the ministry. “We have sent the drafts to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for evaluation,” said Bandopadhyay.

According to ministry sources, a chapter on road safety will be included in four subjects — Social Science, Hindi, English and Maths for classes VI to X.

The Internationali l Road d Federation (IRF) and Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) have prepared the draft curriculum with help from a group of school teachers across seseveralerall schools in DelhiDelhi. Sources said the draft committee may take inputs from the Delhi traffic police, if required.

“We have hired a team of experienced teachers from different Delhi schools as well as illustrators to design the chapters coupled with graphics and exercises. Once the ministry gives its approval, these chapters will be integrated into the existing curriculum,” said KK Kapila, chairman, IRF.

The Delhi traffic police have appreciated this initiative. “This is a wonderful initiative for road safety and will provide education for life to future road users,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

The chapters will edify students on how to cross a street safely and correctly and will also comprise lessons on understanding traffic signs, highway codes, road norms, traffic hazards and safety on roads among others.

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