In the last five years, the Chenab Valley has witnessed as many as 1193 road accidents.
This has been revealed in a reply to an RTI application by MM Shuja, RTI activist.
The deputy superintendent of police Traffic, National Highway Ramban in the reply states, "The total strength of traffic police personnel in National Highway Ramban is 294 and the total number of road accidents that have taken place in past five years is 1193."
The reply further says: "Over Rs 3 crore fine has been received in last one and a half years by the traffic police."
Break-up of accidents in Chenab Valley in past two and a half years:
In 2016, four persons, including husband –wife duo, died while three others were injured after a van they were travelling in met with an accident on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
In 2017 five people fell into the trap of death in Chenab Valley. All the five belonged to a single family. The family met the accident when an Alto they were travelling in met an accident at Doda Gath near Satsang Ghar Kashore.
In April 2018 twenty people, including a minor, were killed in two major accidents over the last 24 hours in the Kishtwar district of Jammu after three vehicles slipped down a gorge along the highway.
In October this year at least 22 passengers were killed and 13 others injured most of them critically, in a road accident in Kelamorh area of Ramban district on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The State Human Rights Commission took cognizance of this deadly accident and sought a report from traffic department about the frequent road accidents.
The state legislative assembly in February this year informed that 73 accidents took place on the national highway in 2017.