Tragic bus accidents, Governor to take tough decisions

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By Muddasir Ahmad Khan

The tragic bus accident in Kishtwar in which 35 civilians were killed and dozens injured, is a grim reminder of bad condition of the roads in entire J&K State and also demands tough action against the culprits.

State Governor Satya Pal Malik has assured the people that he will take stern action and will ensure that the old vehicles, overloading and untrained drivers are off the roads in J&K State. Governor has granted ex-gratia of Rs 5 lac to each of the family of the deceased in Kishtiwar road mishap. According to the initial reports, a 25 seated old bus was carrying about 60 passengers when it met an accident while coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar.

Earlier 11 students including 9 girls were killed in a road accident near Pir Ki Gali on the Mughal Road as these students from a private computer institute had come for a picnic. Soon after the accident on the instruction of Governor, the State administration issued an advisory to all the schools in the state to ensure the safety of the students while they move in the vehicles to a fro from the school.

In the recent past many innocent people died on the roads of J&K State due to the reasons, like bad conditions of roads, old warn out vehicles being used on the routes in the rural areas of the state.

Informed sources told this newspaper that State Governor Satya Pal Malik is going to take some path breaking decisions for the new transport policy in J&K State and in most of the areas; the people will see the change in the transport system.

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