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Road accidents in J&K on rise, admin seeks report
9/25/2020 12:13:12 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 24: Jammu and Kashmir administration has taken a serious note of the rising road accidents and has sought a detailed report from concerned departments over the measures taken to prevent mishaps.
The data reveals that there were as many as 8733 persons who got injured in 6067 road accidents in just three years. Deaths due to road accidents in J&K were also high compared to many other states. The number of persons dying in road accidents in the same period was 892, that means almost 300 deaths every year. There has been no relief to the pain and sorrow that families of road accident victims suffer each year. News and police reports are laden with gory accident details taking place across J&K, particularly in areas where there is no chance of survival. People and vehicles being devoured by gorges has become a regular feature in J&K.
The erstwhile regimes which were aware of the problems and its gravity, didn’t do anything tangible to bring down the growing number of road accidents.
From the lackadaisical response of the administration, it appears that they are still clueless as from where to begin. According to experts, what makes road accidents tricky are the uncertainties about when and where they might occur. Though there doesn’t seem to be any method to know when they might occur, but with scientific means the weak spots can easily be identified. Experts have been observing that besides human factors, road accidents are also spurred by factors like physical shape and conditions of roads, bends, elevations and declines.
The administration has meanwhile questioned that why in spite of the availability of funds, Institute of Driving Training and Research and Inspection and Certification Centre (ICC) at the twin capitals Srinagar and Jammu has not been made functional.
Reports informed that the alleged lethargic attitude of the administration on key concerns has put the people of J&K in a precarious situation. “The funds have sanctioned for the institute but the concerned department seems to be less concerned about establishing any institute that could impart professional training to the aspiring drivers in Jammu and Kashmir,” said a senior official of the Transport Department.
He added that the project continues to remain in limbo for there is lack of serious approach in the implementation of the project. “One more project that was almost approved was that the government would post officials in the accident prone areas so that they could guide people about the precautionary measures that are needed to be taken while driving in these areas. But unfortunately, there are no officials posted at the accident prone areas and such a non- serious approach is adding to the woes of the people here,” the official said.
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