Day in and day out, we read news items pertaining to horrible accidents taking place sometimes at vulnerable areas having blind corners. On rough roads, mostly in winter and rainy season and sometimes on plain roads mostly due to overloading, or mismanagement or even absence of traffic personnel. Whatever may be the position, the accidents claim a heavy toll of human lives without any fault of theirs. The carelessness on the part of traffic personnel can be gauged from the fact that overloaded buses, matadors beyond capacity pass before their very nose and they overlook the matters, may be because of a tacit understanding between them and the owners of such vehicles, the drivers being the middle men. Sometimes the passengers request the drivers not to resort to overloading but their voice goes unheard. There is a big department to manage the traffic but the day today heart rending accidents defy big claims of traffic authorities regarding their discharge of legitimate duties. No doubt, once in a month or so the traffic authorities show exemplary activities by way of manning the traffic in a scientific manner. Heavy fines are imposed and realized on spot but alas, the spirit dies down next day and the same chaos and confusion prevails.
Apart from accidents, there are traffic jams lasting for hours. The passengers, mainly consisting of Govt employees or private employees in the morning hours fail to report to the offices in time. What about the patients who have fixed time with the doctors? What about students who mostly miss the periods ? Their woes can more be imagined rather than described. Here again the traffic personnel are mainly responsible who don’t man the traffic in systematic manner. The public in general need to follow traffic rules as responsible citizens to avoid traffic jams.
Dwarika Nath Raina
6th Pay Commission arrear scam might have opened the eyes of the Government. This will compel the Government to think over the issue and settle the case for good. Now the question arises: will the Govt held the officers responsible for this mishap or camouflage their crime? It is not the question of some employees who are benefitted illegally but the cause of the unemployed youth who aspire to settle their fortune in the nearest future. When corruption is coupled with the people who don’t carry much conviction, corruption flourishes…. It will be good for the Govt to fix responsibility upon the defaulters.
M J Ahangar
SRTC is not criminal
This is in reference to your editorial titled SRTC is criminal” DE Apr 4. You have held SRTC responsible for tragic road accidents happening on national highway with out any visible fault on their part. Most of the accidents in Doda sector has taken place due to over loading. Obviously, enforcement agencies such as Traffic Police and MVD have shown callous attitude for which SRTC can not be blamed. In spite of being paid comparatively meager salaries, JKSRTC officials are doing a commendable job by managing these vehicles out of petty resources. Nevertheless SRTC buses are considered safest mode of transport by the people of the state with out any prejudice. This reputation has been earned through consistent efforts and same shall continue for the safety of the people of the state.