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TDF expresses concern over increasing road accidents
8/22/2018 10:44:43 PM
Early Times Report
Doda, Aug 22: The members of Thathri Development Front, District Doda, expressed concern over the increasing road accidents due to overloading of the vehicles / bad conditions of roads.
As per press statement, Kuldeep Kumar Rao, Kanwar Jeet Singh Thakur and Om Raj Bhall said that the government in general and the concerned traffic department in particular are responsible for the loss of lives in road accidents in Erstwhile Doda District. Expressed grief and anguish over the tragic accident in District Kishtwar where 13 persons including 11 more Chandi Mata pilgrims were killed when an overloading van they were traveling in skidded off the road and plunged into river Chenab near Noos Padhyaras area of Kishtwar- Padder highway. The ill-fated vehicle was on its way to Kishtwar from Padder when the driver lost control and it plunged into river chenab resulting into on-the -spot death of 12 persons.
They wondered as to how, heavy toll of lives occurred in the road accidents have failed to wake up the concerned Department particularly the state government from deep slumber over the years and miserably failed to formulate concrete policy aimed to the safety of the commuters ? Is it that the concerned traffic authorities have no concern for the lives lost or that they take the things as a matter of routine happening? What the huge deployment of traffic sleuths are doing on the roads? Passengers often see them negotiating with transport operators at different points on the road and simply share with themselves the unholy nexus between them desperately.
The government in general and the concerned departments in particular owes an explanation to the public at large as to who is responsible for the loss of lives in road accidents, release said and expressed great astonishment that the public has never come to know about punishment handed to any traffic constabulary ever since inception of traffic department ? Is it a simple game of state managed money extortion on the road to share the booty from bottom to top? Why the outdated and overloaded busses and Tata Sumo are plying on these roads and there is no check on these outdated buses and Tata Sumo. Why enquires are not conducted by special technical exports in all types of irregularities in construction of roads, including wrong Surveys of roads and wrong constructions of roads by PWD department? They appealed to the Governor to immediately release Rs. 5 Lakh as ex-gratia relief in favour of Kins of all the deceased & to look seriously in to all these irregularities which have not so far been controlled sternly.
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