Srinagar: With the growing number of traffic accidents in Jammu and Kashmir, the traffic police personnel are allowing the tippers to ply during day hours that create massive traffic jams in Srinagar city and also lead to road accidents.
Several check points are located in the Srinagar by the J&K Police to check the heavy vehicles (tippers, trucks). However, the traffic policemen are not stopping the trippers to ply during daytime.
There are no restrictions on plying of traffic personnel even during day hours. One can see the trippers plying in Srinagar city even before 5 pm, Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Batamaloo told KNS. It is traffic police personnel who are allowing trippers to ply during day time and create massive traffic jams, he added.
As per the rules, the trippers cant ply in Srinagar city before 8 pm. Nothing such is being followed because there is nexus between tripper owners and the traffic personnel, Farooq Ahmad, a Sumo driver said.
There has been an alarming increase in the number of vehicles in the Valley that has resulted in an unprecedented increase in traffic accidents. There are allegations from the common people that police persons who are supposed to streamline the traffic movement remain busy in minting money from the drivers.
Sources said hundreds of tippers and trucks are plying on the roads of Srinagar every day but there are no restrictions on them. The fast moving trippers are responsible for growing road accidents in the state especially in Srinagar, a traffic personal said, wishing not to be quoted by name.
While three people die in 17 road accidents on an average in Jammu and Kashmir dailytwice the national average.
According to the official figures of the Traffic Department, around 6,000 road accidents have been reported annually for the last two years in the state.
The actual number, according to police officials, should be much higher as many incidents go unreported.
In 2015, 917 people lost their lives in 5,800 road accidents. In 2016, 910 lives were claimed and over 8,000 suffered injuries in road accidents in the state.
This means three people die on an average daily in the state.
Between 2011 and 2014, 3,960 people have lost their lives in road accidents and more than 30,000 people were injured in over 20,000 road mishaps.
When contacted Transport minister Sunil Sharma, he said that he will look into the matter. (KNS)
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