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Coping with transport travails

Coping with transport travails
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First Published: Sat, Apr 05 2008. 01 44 AM IST

Updated: Sat, Apr 05 2008. 01 44 AM IST
Every morning, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across India put their lives on the line even though all they’re doing is trying to get to school. While buses of the kind featured on this page are available to those that can afford them, most schools—even in the large cities—end up using buses that are the worse for wear. Worse still, a majority of children travel in even more unsafe means of transport to school. Fishcarts and motorized cycle-rickshaws—both do not need registration—are the preferred means of transport in Chennai; and Maruti vans converted as cargo carriers or overloaded auto rickshaws are popular in Delhi. And in all cases, the vehicle used accommodates more children than it should. Mint’s photographers capture the daily travels (and in some cases, the daily travails) of schoolchildren across the country.
A Tata Skoolbus at Trimoorti High School in Thane, Mumbai. (Photo by: Abhijit Bhatlekar / Mint)
Schoolchildren wave to the camera as they sit in Tata Skoolbus at Trimoorti High school in Thane. (Photo by: Abhijit Bhatlekar / Mint)
Children being ferried to school on a cycle-rickshaw in New Delhi.(Photo by:Sanjay Sharma / Mint)
Students cross the Hogol River in Sundarbans area of West Bengal . (Photo by: Indranil Bhoumik)
An autorickshaw transports children to school in Bangalore.(Photo by:Hemant Mishra / Mint)
These kids in Kolkata are cooped up like chickens. (Photo by: Indranil Bhoumik)
A father drops his children to school in Bangalore.(Photo by:Hemant Mishra / Mint)
Private vehicles such as this Maruti Omni van have become the mainstay of transporting kids in New Delhi.(Photo by:Sanjay Sharma / Mint)
Pathways World School in Gurgaon is investing in high-end buses for transporting its students.(Photo by:Madhu Kapparath / Mint)
A family transporting its two school-going children on a two-wheeler.(Photo by:Sanjay Sharma / Mint)
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First Published: Sat, Apr 05 2008. 01 44 AM IST