JK roads claim 2 lives every day

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Nov 2: Road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir are increasing at an alarming pace, claiming two lives on an average every day.
Sources in the Traffic Police Department told Greater Kashmir that on an average 12 accidents—with at least two deaths and injuries to 11 persons—are being registered in Jammu and Kashmir every day.
Sources said that at least 670 persons have died in last 10 months this year and the rate of casualties in road mishaps is highest in Jammu region. “In 2010 district Jammu witnessed 192 deaths in 1682 accidents while in 2011 there were 190 deaths in 1627 road accidents. 131 persons were killed in 1085 accidents in the first eight months of 2012,” they said.
Moreover Jammu also tops the vehicular population of the state. Of all the vehicles registered across the state, district Jammu tops all the 22 districts. Against 31848 in 2010-11, the new registration was at 33353 in 2011-12 as the numbers surged to 12153 till August 2012.
Sources further said that the increase in road accidents in the state was the result of growing number of vehicles and encroachment of roads in the state. “12132 vehicles were registered in Srinagar in 2010 and the number increased   to 17234 in 2011 and in the first eight months of 2012, at least 6732 vehicles have been registered in Srinagar alone,” sources said.
Expressing concern over increasing number of road accidents in state, the Inspector General of Police Jammu, Dilbag Singh termed the trend as “terror on roads.” “Against seven militants killed last year, the road accidents claimed 764 lives which is very depressing,” he said, adding that majority of those killed in accidents were motorcyclists.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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