|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Nov 13: Expressing his shock over the death of sixteen persons of a single village in a tragic road accident near Khaleni on Batote-Kishtwar Road, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Executive Member, Raman Suri today said that this cycle of fatal accidents that has consumed hundreds of precious lives on killer roads of Jammu and Kashmir must end. Raman Suri said, though governments extend every possible social, medical and financial help to the injured and to the kin of deceased yet no amount of money can compensate a lost life and thus, he urged the Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to kindly direct authorities including Public Works Department (PWD), Traffic, Regional Transport Officers and Health and Medical Education Department to carry out a safety audit of all state roads and to check their preparedness to give people safe roads to commute on. He said lack of coordination between these departments encourages over loading, rash driving, drivers without licences, poor fitness of vehicles, improper roads, construction of flawed and faulty roads, poor engineering designs of roads, rotaries and bends, ill preparedness on the part of rescuers, untimely arrival of medical aid in case of mishap and no or poorly maintained trauma centres on the highways. Raman Suri further urged the Lieutenant Governor to further get a white paper made on road accidents on state highways, city roads and national highways in Jammu and Kashmir and assess for himself the flaws and kind of casual approach being adopted by various departments in playing with precious lives of people.