Govt fails to check road accidents in J&K, precious lives being lost
Despite repeated accidents on Jammu and Kashmir roads, particularly in hilly areas not much has been done by the government, and authorities to improve the infrastructure, and enforce the traffic rules which are violated across the state blatantly. As per the information available more than 100 people died on the Doda, Kishtwar roads which are in a shabby condition in the last two years but no remedial measures have been taken. Likewise, a large number of fatal and serious accidents are reported regularly on the Satwari-Lakhanpur stretch of the National Highway which has led to many deaths. Despite the serious problem on roads the state government, and traffic authorities seem to be busy discussing the matter sitting in their offices instead of resolving these issues on the ground level. Mere discussions, seminars, workshops and road safety weeks are not going to end the jams, congestion, and infrastructure woes in the state which lead to fatalities, and loss of young lives.
The hilly districts of the state particularly Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, and Batote, Doda stretch are the worst affected because of difficult topography, and poor quality roads as well as lack of traffic enforcement by police. In 2014, 31 people were killed., and 262 injured; in 2015 40 people were killed and 162 injured. The situation has been same this year as well in the hill districts and unless the state government takes immediate measures there is not going to be any respite from road accidents.