The solution is possible
CONCERN BY SHAHNAWAZ AHMAD
This piece I dedicate to my colleague Assadulah Hakim who died in a traffic accident at Awantipora on 09-01-2012 while coming to attend his duties in chilly winters. He was a temporary worker since last seventeen years, waiting for his permanent order till he went to the permanent home leaving behind three daughters his wife and a son! We miss him very much at SKICC
Once again GK has taken cognizance of a very serious problem of the traffic scenario of our state particularly in the valley. It is rather surprising to see chief ministers and other politicians expressing concern over the alarming rise in the traffic accidents which has become a routine now. They have the power, capacity and resources to be the change agents and bring the change in the traffic system in our state and by issuing mere statements can only disappoint the masses at large and add to their helplessness which they have been already facing in this road rage which is prevalent on every road of Kashmir valley. It is heart rendering to see precious lives being lost every day everywhere because of the undisciplined and mismanaged or unmanaged traffic system. The people who have been at the helm of affairs at have to be blamed first, as they lack vision and foresight.
J&K has been promoted rightly as the paradise on earth but should have been maintained & furnished with such kind of infrastructure as well.
The appeals and awareness campaigns have no impact in our valley at least unless it is done for some other reason ! We have to accept this that traffic police helplessness is very much visible as they turn as mere spectators in this terrific traffic mess. Surprisingly if an army man comes to control, the impact is fast & effective, this shows our mindset, our tipper drivers, sumo drivers & truck drivers drive like machomen on the already small column sized roads and add to the miseries of common passengers.
The temporary solutions can be to activate the traffic department and give then more powers & man power further let the army also help in traffic management at least they can help in maintaining the single line, the modern hightech equipment has to be installed on the national highway to monitor the speed limits and indiscipline driving which can be caught on camera and at the next point such drivers or vehicles can be stopped and punished. Let some NGO. take up the cause of making the passengers aware so that the passengers can control the driver if he does a wrong turn, over taking, double line, rash or drunk driving. In fact, let the punishment be the cancellation of the permit of the vehicle and driving license of the driver. Meanwhile for a long term solution let our leaders, bureaucrats and technocrats open up their hearts and minds and extend this openness to develop big wide roads & long lasting infrastructure .
(Shahnawaz Ahmad is Research officer at Sheri Kashmir International Convention Complex, SKICC)
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:00:00 IST
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