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Doda, Kishtwar roads turn death traps
11/19/2019 10:22:02 PM
Roads in Doda and Kishtwar districts have devoured 334 lives during the past 5 years. Frequent accidents on the roads of these hilly areas have punctured the tall claims of the erstwhile regimes that they left no stone unturned to make these roads safe. But the dilapidated roads and the poor traffic management in these district are open secrets. Whenever any accident takes place politicians cut across the party lines and express grief and sorrow over such incidents. Their duty ends with issuing a statement and condoling the demises of the victims and praying for the speedy recovery of the injured. Someone needs to ask these politicians why they ignored these regions when they were in power. They could have done wonders had they concentrated on their jobs rather than playing politics over even the dilapidated roads. Kashmir-centric leaders who have ruled the Jammu & Kashmir for the past 70 years used to project themselves as the Messiahs of the people from Doda and Kishtwar districts. They just fed them with slogans. Now, the Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized and its a Union Territory which is being directly controlled by the centre. During the past seven decades, the Government of India pumped in lot of money into J&K for the development purpose but unfortunately development was confined to papers only. One hopes that the reorganization of J&K would help the poor people of Doda and Kishtwar regions. These areas need proper roads and robust traffic management. The vehicles plying on these roads are old and unfit but the successive regimes just allowed them to move on. No proper mechanism was put in place during the past seven decades to prevent these roads from turning into death traps.
As many as 334 people losing their lives on the deadly roads of Kishtwar and Doda districts have rattled the masses across Jammu & Kashmir. They know nothing is in their hands and they cannot stop these accidents. They can just hope that the centre takes a serious note of the sufferings of the people of these hilly districts and formulates a roadmap to make the roads in these areas safe and motorable. There is an old adage that world exists on hope. The people of Doda and Kishtwar districts can only hope that things will change and they too would get safe roads.
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