What killed IPS Chandrashekhar Pandit ?
Dear CM,Mr. Virbhadra Singh, and the respected Mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, is this the best of what you can offers to your citizens on the name of road safety? Wake up, please. People are dying. Spend the public money on public facilities and their safety, and not on the personal flats of your MLAs or the car fleets.
SHIMLA- On Tuesday evening, an IPS officer, Superintendent of Police Chandrashekhar Pandit, died on the spot in a road accident near the passport office, Mehali. Mr. Pandit was driving his Tata Nano car when it skidded off the road and rolled down from at height of not more than 30-50 meters. Passersby took him to nearby Tenzin hospital where the doctors declared him dead. He served as the Superintendent of Shimal Police in 2012, and was presently posted at the Police Training Centre in Daroh in Kangra district.
People curiously looked at the spot; uttered words of sympathy, but no one actually paid attention to the missing safety railings. Between 2012-2013, HW had written to HPPWD many times, forwarded complaints with pictures, and published articles regarding the same. It’s no surprise that almost all Govt. departments behave with extreme insolence. (Scroll Down To View Previous Complaints)
Gallery: Mehali Road Accident
But, after repeated complaints and articles, they did move their butts, did a half heated job and covered the sharp curve near lower Phagali with some concrete rubble and a couple of railings.
A man was killed in an accident near lower Phagali where the car had rolled down from an unprotected sharp curve. Now, another life is lost, which could have been easily saved. But, The HPPWD and the Highway behaves like zombies; half dead humans, least concerned about the life of the people at stake while they drive on dangerous hilly terrains. We wonder if the Govt. could feel the guilt for the lives which are lost because they did not do their duty.
Take a look at the pictures HW have posted. Then tell us if we are wrong in stating that people continue to die due the serious negligence on the part of HPPWD/Highway Authorities. Even a minor protection or weak safety railings can easily stop a light weighted car like Nano from going off the road.
According to a dhaba owner near the passport office in Mehali, the car wasn’t at a high speed when it happened. Others said that he was trying to over take another vehicle. The probability of his survival could have been 50% if there had been safety railings on this steep curve. That means the Govt. department responsible for providing safety on roadsides shares 50% share in cause behind this loss of life. There have been many such accidents where the presence of safety railings would have averted the serious loss.
There have been many other cases where the missing safety railings made the accidents worse. There are so many sharp curves at many spots on the Shimla-Dhalli bypass road, but the safety railings are completely missing except at couple of them. The public will never demand for the safety railings, but they will build a small temple or some flag like the road is cursed and ask for blood and sacrifice.
However, we wonder what the hell our Govt. departments are waiting for: more deaths and damage? Dear CM,Mr. Virbhadra Singh, and the respected Mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, is this the best of what you can offers to your citizens on the name of road safety? Wake up, please. People are dying. Spend the public money on the public facilities and their safety, and not on the personal flats of your MLAs or car fleets.
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Dear public, please, wake up. Learn to react. Don’t ignore such issues. If you come across any such sharp curve or location where safety railings are must, but are missing, then click a couple of photos with your smartphone and mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit them into our ‘UrNews’ section for instant publishing.