Road ac­ci­dent on rise again

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

At least 51 per­sons were killed in three sep­a­rate road ac­ci­dents in three days. When the na­tion was mourn­ing the death of 31 pas­sen­gers killed in a bus ac­ci­dent in Dad­hing on Satur­day, 20 oth­ers were killed on Mon­day in Gulmi and Udya­pur districts. The fre­quent ac­ci­dents killing scores of pas­sen­gers, mostly those who were re­turn­ing to Kathmandu and other towns af­ter mark­ing the fes­ti­vals with their fam­ily mem­bers clearly show that all is not well with the pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem in Nepal. In the Dahd­ing ac­ci­dent of Satur­day the driver is blamed for the mishap as he was driv­ing in a high speed de­spite re­peated re­quests of the pas­sen­gers to slow down the speed. Con­se­quently, 31 pas­sen­gers who were re­turn­ing Kathmandu af­ter mark­ing Ch­hath were killed when the bus plunged into the mighty Tr­ishuli River at Ga­juri Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­ity-5 of Dhad­ing district along the Prithivi High­way early in the morn­ing. The ill-fated bus with reg­is­tra­tion Na 4 Kha 1467, was head­ing to Kathmandu from Ra­jbi­raj of Sap­tari. As many as six mem­bers of a sin­gle fam­ily were killed in the fa­tal road ac­ci­dent. Among the de­ceased pas­sen­gers, two were NC can­di­dates of pro­vin­cial assem­blies of Prov­ince-2. Two days af­ter the fa­tal ac­ci­dent nine pas­sen­gers were killed when aOkhald­hunga-bound Tata Sumo Jeep fell 300 me­tres from the road in Katari of Udya­pur district. Sim­i­larly, 11 pas­sen­gers were killed when a mi­cro bus head­ing to Gulmi from But­wal fell 500 me­tr­ers from the road at Gulmi Dur­bar Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­ity also on Mon­day. Clearly, neg­li­gence on the part of the driv­ers and poor road con­di­tion lead to the ac­ci­dents. Like­wise, in many cases, the poor con­di­tion of ve­hi­cles also causes fa­tal ac­ci­dents. As the road widen­ing works are go­ing in many places, trav­el­ling be­comes a night­mare in parts of the coun­try these days. The in­creas­ing ac­ci­dents add only pains to the pas­sen­gers and their rel­a­tives. If the traf­fic rules are im­ple­mented ef­fec­tively pre­vent­ing the ve­hi­cles from car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers ex­ceed­ing their ca­pac­i­ties and the driv­ers from vi­o­lat­ing the traf­fic rules, the ac­ci­dents could be con­trolled to some ex­tents. The trans­port en­trepreneurs should also co­op­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment in min­i­miz­ing ac­ci­dents by sup­port­ing to im­ple­ment the traf­fic rules in­stead of fo­cus­ing more only on earn­ings.

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