Jammu: Governor NN Vohra on Thursday expressed serious concern over an alarming number of road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir.
In over 6000 road accidents, 1000 persons are killed while 8000 get injured every year, he was told at a meeting. This is almost double the Indian average, Vohra said, while expressing his concerns in the review meeting on all issues relating to Road Safety held at Civil Secretariat today.
The Governor regretted that decisions taken during a high level meeting held by him on 14th February, 2015 were not implemented and there was no progress in the past one year. The Governor directed that every concerned agency should strictly enforce and sternly deal with all cases of overloading and other traffic violations to ensure that no unfit vehicle is allowed to ply on the road under any circumstances. Side by side no unqualified and untested person should be allowed to drive any personal, transport or commercial vehicle.
To enable speedy decisions the Governor directed that an Empowered Task Force chaired by the Chief Secretary and comprising DGP, Administrative Secretaries of Home, Finance, Housing & Urban Development, Public Works (R&B), Transport and Health & Medical Education; Divisional Commissioners, Jammu and Kashmir; IGP Traffic and Transport Commissioner should be set up by 23rd February 2016, to take all required decisions for dealing with the enforcement of every element of Road Safety. This Task Force will meet at least once every month and take appropriate decisions in regard to all issues. The Governor asked the Chief Secretary to finalize the Road Safety Action Plan within 20 days and identify every matter which requires Executive or Legislative approval, which must be accorded by 15 March, 2016. The Home and Transport Administrative Secretaries shall secure clearance of Finance and Law Departments to all pending matters to ensure that the traffic management framework becomes fully operational by 20th March, 2016.