Over 2400 killed, 21,000 injured in road accidents since 2013

Ejaz-ul Haq

Srinagar: Government on Monday said that over 2400 persons were killed and 21,335 injured in road accidents across the state since 2013.
In a written reply to a question by NC legislator, Mubarak Gul, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who holds the charge of Home Department, said 506 persons lost their lives and 4611 were injured in 3221 accidents from January 1 to July 31 this year.
Total number of persons killed since January 1 2013 to July 31 is 2488, the replay said
The reply revealed that while 992 persons were killed in 5,861 cases of road mishaps last year and 990 others were killed in 6,469 accidents in 2013.
In the Kashmir region, the reply said, Srinagar has recorded more number of deaths in road accidents as compared to other districts of the valley. “Over 150 persons have died in as many as 1129 road accidents over the past two and a half years.”
Similarly, Jammu has also recorded more number of deaths as compared to other districts of the region. “Over 460 persons have died in as many as 3883 road accidents.”
Over 33 and 77 persons have died in road accidents in Srinagar and Jammu respectively upto July this year.
The Chief Minister said an amount of Rs 95.05 lakh has been paid as ex-gratia to the victims of road accidents at the rate of Rs 25,000 to the next of kin of deceased, Rs 10,000 to seriously injured and Rs 5,000 to those who have received minor injuries.
Mufti said that a series of measures have been taken to minimise the occurrence of road accidents, particularly in Jammu and Srinagar cities.
He said traffic laws are strictly being enforced and strict action is taken against the offenders indulging in traffic violation and the licenses of erring drivers, especially of Public Service Vehicles (PSV’s) are being recommended for cancellation to the concerned RTO’s and ARTO’s to curb the menace of rash driving , over speeding and over loading by habitual offenders.
He said State Road Safety Councils and District Road Safety Councils have also been constituted to address the increasing trend of road accidents.
The chief Minister said under the National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme, 21 recovery cranes and 15 ambulances have been provided for immediate rescue and emergency medical service to road accident victims.
He said that Traffic Police has been launching awareness campaigns to inculcate the traffic sense, road discipline and avoiding rash driving.