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Killer roads: Precious lives continue to lose, authorities still in deep slumber
11/15/2019 10:01:03 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 15: The recurring road accidents continue to claim precious lives with each passing day not only in Chenab Valley but in other areas falling in mountainous belts of Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir but the authorities concerned are not taking any concrete step to put an end to this mayhem.
Most of these road mishaps reportedly occur due to the sheer negligence on part of the law enforcing agencies who fail in controlling the menace that has assumed alarming proportions over the years.
In last two days, as many as 21 people lost their precious lives in Kishtwar and Doda districts and in both the cases the vehicles were carrying passengers more than their capacity.
It is ironical that the law enforcing agencies only lay emphasis on making challans of the vehicles rather than checking the number of passengers being carried in a particular vehicle especially those which run as public transport as in majority of the instance the accidents which took place in hilly terrain occurred due to the menace of overloading.
It is pertinent to mention here that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was also filed with regard to dance of death on roads. Traffic Department in pursuance to High Court directions filed an affidavit stating therein that as far as Doda District is concerned there is dearth of manpower and there is only a single DySP Traffic, few inspectors and Sub Inspectors for area spread over 7800 Sq miles and expressed its inability to control the recurring accidents.
It is the High court which in the Public Interest Litigation passed strictures against the responsible departments for their glaring loopholes in proper functioning which led to rash and negligent driving which put the precious lives of the passengers at the grave risk and now the moot question is that whether the concerned department will tighten the noose on violators who are taking the precious lives of the passengers for granted.
Meanwhile, there is widespread resentment in Marmat area of Doda district that witnessed the accident two days ago. Marmat is the native village of MoS in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh. The locals alleged that the Central Minister is keeping an indifferent attitude towards dilapidated condition of roads in the district adding that he has not done anything fruitful to relieve daily commuters from the agony of potholed roads.
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