By Nouman Parvez
SRINAGAR: Eid occasions have turned into mourning for many families in the past owing to the death of their dear ones in road accidents. However owing to the proper traffic management, this Eid saw a sharp decline in road accidents, thus loss of precious lives.
While people always blamed Traffic Police and other concerned departments for their failure to take necessary steps to strictly enforce the traffic laws to minimize the occurrence of road accidents, they also accused Traffic Police of not keeping tight vigil on violators. It was alleged that lax attitude of the Traffic Police encouraged the violators and they went scot free.
However this Eid, the situation was completely different.
As per the data available from various hospitals, the rate and intensity of road accidents this time was very low as compared to previous years.
Medical Superintendent of Bone and Joints Hospital, Srinagar Dr. Abdul Rashid Buddo informed that only two patients were injured in road accidents and were admitted in the hospital for treatment on this Eid.
He hailed the Traffic Police for creating awareness among people and regulating the traffic in a well-planned manner on this occasion, which helped in bringing down the rate of road accidents.
He said that last year 150 people were injured in road accidents and among them 30 were admitted for treatment in this hospital.
“Credit for bringing down the number of road accidents on this Eid goes to Traffic Police for regulating traffic in a proper manner,’’ he added.
At Kashmiri’s tertiary care SMHS, Dr. Nazir Choudhary informed Kashmir Reader that number of road accident victims on this Eid were negligible. He said that this year hospital did not receive any major cases.
When contacted SSP Traffic Maqsood Zaman said that on this Eid the department had made special parking arrangements for at various places across the city and Quick Reaction Teams [ QRT] were formed in which one officer was deputed with 8 policemen with a vehicle to overlook the situation in sensitive areas.
“We had created five QRTs and 10 bike squads were posted at strategic locations which usually witness rush of people, including Hyderpora, Boulevard, Dalgate and Lal chowk.
He informed that these teams were given clear directions to keep vigil on rash driving.
He said the special drive against traffic violators will continue in future as well.