Road Accidents in Himachal: 29555 cases in last 10 years, unprotected roads in poor condition major cause
In Himachal poor condition of roads is blamed for frequent road accidents but till date neither the condition of these roads have been improved nor adequate crash barriers have been installed. Even the black spots identified by the experts too not have been improved.
SHIMLA- Due to poor condition of transport infrastructure, which not protected by roadside safety measures, travelling on state roads is becoming nothing short of a nightmare. On an average, 12 persons die in road accidents in the state every day.
After three major road accidents within 48 hours killed 41 people in Chamba, Kinnaur and Shimla districts, opposition BJP was quick to attack Congress government on the issue by accusing it of failing to maintain the roads resulting into mishaps. But data available with the state police reveals that situation was no different during BJP regime too, as then too hundreds of people were losing their lives in the road accidents each year.
During last 10 years till 2015, Himachal Pradesh has witnessed in total around 29555 road accidents across state and this also includes the term of BJP regime headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal from 2008 to 2012. In the state, poor condition of roads is being blamed for frequent road accidents but till date neither the condition of these roads have been improved nor adequate crash barriers have been installed. Even the black spots identified by the experts too not have been improved.
Following three major accidents in the state, Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and state BJP president Satpal Singh Satti had blamed Congress government by stating that most of the road accidents are taking place due to bad condition of roads. They said that government should pay more attention on improvement and maintenance of the roads to avoid frequent accidents so that innocent people do not lose their lives.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on his part said that whenever an accident takes place in the state, Dhumal issues the statement that condition of road is bad in the state. He further said,
That if someone crashes his vehicle in Shimla’s Mall road due to over speeding then is it the fault of road or driver, instead of blaming the road, Dhumal should first check whether the road or the driver was bad.
From 2008 to 2012 when BJP was in power and state had witnessed total 14848 road accidents, while under Congress regime from 2013 to till date, state has recorded 9727 road accidents. After each major road accident, government of the day announces magisterial probe but beyond that no concrete steps are taken to ensure the safety of commuters.
Recently, National Road Safety Council (NRSC) member Dr Kamaljit Soi had said that
All over the World, public transport system is considered as safest but in Himachal Pradesh it is not safe. He said that in 2013 a survey was conducted by NRSC with Transport Research Laboratory as lead agency.
He said at that time black spots were identified in the state and government was asked to rectify them but till date not much has been done in this direction as number of accidents has not come down in the state.
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