713 killed in 5,036 road accidents across J&K in last 11 months

By: Aabid Hameed

Srinagar: Just a day after the Lieuetant Governor Manoj Sinha termed the loss of lives in road accidents as worrisome; it has come to the fore that a total of 713 people have been killed in the accidents across Jammu and Kashmir in the last 11 months of the ongoing year—2021.

According to details available with Precious Kashmir, 6,447 persons have also sustained injuries in 5,036 road accidents across Jammu and Kashmir from January-November 2021.

An official said that 5,036 accidents were reported in Jammu and Kashmir from January to November in 2021, in which 713 persons were killed and 6447 were injured.

He said that in the last 11 months, 589 fatal and 4,447 non-fatal accidents were reported across the Union Territory, adding that 3,278 accidents were reported in Jammu division in which 521 persons were killed and 4,241 injured.

Giving district wise details, he said that 102 persons were killed and 1,175 injured in Jammu district while 76 persons were killed and 536 got injured in Kathua and 63 persons lost lives in Ramban district where 313 people got also injured.

In Kashmir, 1758 accidents were reported in which 192 persons were killed and 2,206 injured. 36 persons were killed and 333 injured in Srinagar. 25 persons lost lives in Kulgam district where 140 people were also injured.

In Anantnag district, 21 people died while 340 were injured during the last 11 months.

As compared to previous years, the figures are showing decline in the number of deaths occurring in road accidents.

In 2017, 926 were killed and 7419 were injured. Similarly, in 2018, 984 people were killed and 7845 sustained injured.

In 2019, a total of 996 persons were killed while 7532 were injured. In 2020, 728 people were killed while as 5894 got injured.

These figures reveal that the deaths occurring due to road accidents are declining, but the Jammu and Kashmir traffic police department blamed negligent driving on tricky and winding mountainous roads for fatalities.

However, the locals pointed out that the paucity of public transport options has led to a surge in vehicle ownership, increasing the odds of accidents.

“Over speeding has turned out be the main cause of traffic accidents across J&K. Most drivers met with the accident for not obeying the traffic rules,” a traffic officer said.

He said that the poor condition of roads and presence of sharp curves on some hilly roads also play a role, adding that as drug menace is increasing, many drivers drive vehicles after consuming the drugs, which is also among the causes behind the road accidents.

He added that there is a need to open driving schools, where aspiring drivers must be trained well.

Notably, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting on Road Safety here at Civil Secretariat. “Deaths due to road accident are indeed a cause of worry. The Government is making continuous efforts to make the public aware of road safety and is committed to enforce the rules and necessary interventions & facilities,” the Lt Governor said.

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