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April 15, 2016 |

Roads and safety


Traffic authorities made an impression earlier when they nabbed motorcycle riders driving without safety helmets. In Srinagar city the drive proved fruitful in a short period of time as traffic officials ensured that violators are not spared. In the same breath traffic authorities have been imposing fines to people driving without seat belts. This because road accidents in the state is the single most slayer killing close to 1000 persons every year. On 31 March Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon chaired a meeting to review road safety measures in Kashmir. In the weeks that followed traffic cops in the city were found to be vigilant and checking road safety and traffic rules. In just few weeks traffic authorities have forced people to wear seat belts who otherwise thought about it as a nuisance. The disregard to road safety can be gauged from one report as per which a driver when pulled over by traffic cop and asked to put on the seat belt didn’t know how to operate it. The traffic cop had to show the driver how to release and fasten the belt about which the driver had no idea. The small incident says a lot about how much serious people are when it comes to road safety. The two drives, that on safety helmets and on seat belts, have put on a flicker of hope as this time the authorities have sustained their efforts. However, there are several other issues that demand similar official treatment. As pointed out in the meeting on road safety – inspection of vehicles, driving licenses, installation of traffic lights and overloading in public conveyance are issues that need to be addressed by the administration. Although roads including Mughal Road, Zojila Pass and Gurez road will all be open for traffic by the end of April, the administration must also take stock of the condition of roads. The four-laning project is still to reach Valley, which will relieve the congested roads and may bring down the road hazards in Kashmir. It is for the political executives to push for hastening the road project and save lives. While traffic authorities have done their job well on road safety, particularly in the city, it has to be emulated by the administration and political executives for a bigger cause. A major portion of the 80, 000 crore package, 34,000 crore to be precise, was earmarked for four-laning of Srinagar-Jammu road. So people are expecting the work to begin soon so that they can see a change on ground.

       

April 15, 2016 |

Roads and safety


              

Traffic authorities made an impression earlier when they nabbed motorcycle riders driving without safety helmets. In Srinagar city the drive proved fruitful in a short period of time as traffic officials ensured that violators are not spared. In the same breath traffic authorities have been imposing fines to people driving without seat belts. This because road accidents in the state is the single most slayer killing close to 1000 persons every year. On 31 March Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon chaired a meeting to review road safety measures in Kashmir. In the weeks that followed traffic cops in the city were found to be vigilant and checking road safety and traffic rules. In just few weeks traffic authorities have forced people to wear seat belts who otherwise thought about it as a nuisance. The disregard to road safety can be gauged from one report as per which a driver when pulled over by traffic cop and asked to put on the seat belt didn’t know how to operate it. The traffic cop had to show the driver how to release and fasten the belt about which the driver had no idea. The small incident says a lot about how much serious people are when it comes to road safety. The two drives, that on safety helmets and on seat belts, have put on a flicker of hope as this time the authorities have sustained their efforts. However, there are several other issues that demand similar official treatment. As pointed out in the meeting on road safety – inspection of vehicles, driving licenses, installation of traffic lights and overloading in public conveyance are issues that need to be addressed by the administration. Although roads including Mughal Road, Zojila Pass and Gurez road will all be open for traffic by the end of April, the administration must also take stock of the condition of roads. The four-laning project is still to reach Valley, which will relieve the congested roads and may bring down the road hazards in Kashmir. It is for the political executives to push for hastening the road project and save lives. While traffic authorities have done their job well on road safety, particularly in the city, it has to be emulated by the administration and political executives for a bigger cause. A major portion of the 80, 000 crore package, 34,000 crore to be precise, was earmarked for four-laning of Srinagar-Jammu road. So people are expecting the work to begin soon so that they can see a change on ground.

       

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