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Saturday, February 21, 2009

City's One woman 'Army'

And, they say teachers don’t work! In addition to taking her classes at school, Prem Lata also regulates the traffic at Dhaka Chowk. There are three government schools---- primary, middle and senior secondary, in the vicinity of Dhaka Chowk, barely half a kilometer from Kingsway Camp. When school hours are over at around 1 o’ clock, students from these schools would stream out of the gates where, there are no traffic police around to regulate traffic at this crucial hour.
Finally, somebody came forward to clean up the mess. Prem Lata, a teacher from the Government Girls Middle School, volunteers her help by regulating traffic at the busy road. She is the honorary traffic warden of
Dhaka chowk."I am doing it just for the safety of these school children. I feel really honored in doing this responsible job,’’ says she. Says Surinder Sharma, whose two daughters study in the school, "Previously, we used to remain edgy due to the traffic chaos on the main road, which was a cause for major concern. We felt relieved only when they reached home safe. But now this traffic warden has improved the condition."Regardless of the risks involved in manning the traffic at the chaotic chowk, this feisty traffic warden soldiers on. The only thing always at the back of her mind is the safety of school children and ensuring their safe return home".

Thanks to her efforts, the traffic has been streamlined to a large extent. Students now no longer feel jittery while crossing the road. Interestingly, even motorists and motorcyclists have fallen in line. Gone are the days of rash driving at the Dhaka stretch. Says Sohan Kapoor, who regularly passes by this stretch, "Things have improved tremendously over the last few years on this busy stretch and that too without the help of traffic police. It is really incredible. Even five years ago, Dhaka Chowk used to be considered one of the most dreadful traffic intersections of North Delhi."

It goes to Prem Lata’s credit that she manages to perform this role despite her teaching job and household duties and responsibilities. "I will continue to perform this job come what may. One has to strive always to improve things,’’ says the soft-spoken teacher cum traffic warden.

27 comments:

David O. Brink February 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

thats god example of taking the responsibilty and be a good citizen....It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error

Alec February 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

Thats really motivating example


You really do think about it socially; this is your job, and to some extent you benefit from having a job to do at a moment like this. You have things that you have to make happen. And you don't have time for the emotional reaction that might otherwise occur if somebody was just sitting there watching these events unfold and had no responsibilities.

Ashok February 20, 2009 at 11:27 PM  

nice motivating post

To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.

Dr. Neha Srivastav February 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

thats really good example y we sud not be rdependent always on gov n blame it,...nice post

Austeen Sufi February 21, 2009 at 12:23 AM  

good to see some one l leading with example, motivating post

Prachi Pandey February 21, 2009 at 12:25 AM  

good 2 see this, example 4 many like me n rest

Dr. Gunjan Gehlot February 21, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

nice one, thats what all sud be doing, not always dependend on system n cursing it

Dr.Ruchika Rastogi February 21, 2009 at 12:48 AM  

good example of leading with example.....

Ashutosh Didwania February 21, 2009 at 8:05 AM  

Its so refreshing to read such stories of selfless in times of adversity...

Anouska Awasthi February 21, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

gr8 2 see some1 working selflesslly....motivating post

Shilpi February 21, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

thats how we lead with example, nice post

JHAROKHA February 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM  

very nice photograph.
Poonma

Amrita Kumari February 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

motivation 2 work rself, nice to see some1 working selflessly, rare

Ritika Pandey February 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

a lesson n motivation for all

Sagarika February 21, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

leadinh by example, good one

Mehnaaz February 21, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

good post, like d way lady took the responsibility herself

अविनाश February 28, 2009 at 2:08 AM  
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