Another accident on Sanat Nagar highway

Another accident on Sanat Nagar highway

Police and witnesses said the bus driving towards HyderPora turned turtle when driver lost control on the vehicle. They said some passengers including the driver were hurt and rushed to hospital for t

 In another accident on the Sanat Nagar highway at least three people were hurt Saturday afternoon –when a passenger bus turned turtle near the busy junction often seen as a deathtrap on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

      Police and witnesses said the bus driving towards HyderPora turned turtle when driver lost control on the vehicle. They said some passengers including the driver were hurt and rushed to hospital for treatment.

      Though witnesses said at least three persons were injured Traffic Police said only the driver was hurt and that he was stable.

      A police official said:"Bus was speeding on the highway but it  was not ferrying any passengers otherwise it could have been a disaster.”  Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic JavaidKaul said the matter was being looked into.

      The accident yet again drew severe criticism from the locals who said over the years successive regimes have failed to get a flyover constructed on this junction. They said accidents have become a routine on this stretch.

      Official reports reveal that in the past five years alone, at least half a dozen people including a mother-daughter duo died in accidents on the busy highway square, designed allegedly faulty by the Roads and Building(R&B) department during widening of the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.

      Observers have been questioning the intersection design terming it faulty. 

      For the past few years, successive R&B Ministers claimed that proposal for flyover construction   was sent to New Delhi for approval and funding. But till now the efforts proved fruitless.

      Last year on February 18, 2014, the state government on the floor of the House said Detailed Project Report (DPR) for construction of flyover has been sent to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for funding.

                Meanwhile the locals said a recently elected lawmaker in the state Assembly –living near the square should press for construction of flyover.  “We hope that he will look into the matter and make personal efforts so that drive down the highway is safe,” the locals said. They also appealed the concerned MLA elect Syed Muhammad AltafBukhari to look into the matter.