Overcrowded buses, reckless driving to blame

  • road accidents
- MOHAN BUDHAIR, KAILALI

Oct 7, 2014-

Overcrowded bus and reckless driving are said to be the main causes of the road accident that occurred in Chhatiwan VDC-5, Doti, on Monday, which left 30 people dead and about 60 others injured.

Superintendent of Police Surya Prasad Upadhyay at Far-western Regional Traffic Police Office at Attariya confirmed that the accident occurred due to the bus carrying passengers beyond its capacity.

“In a bid to earn more money the bus owners tend to carry passengers beyond capacity during festive seasons. The bus also did not have a road permit.”

Devraj Shahi, a relative of an injured passenger, blamed the traffic police for the accident.

“It is their negligence to allow the buses to overcrowd. Passengers are in a rush during the festive period and bus owners look to earn quick buck by overcrowding the buses. The government is responsible to curb such tendencies,” he said.

According to the traffic police office, 97 percent of road accidents occur due to the negligence of drivers and bad road conditions in Far-western region. Police asserted that 92 of the total 107 road accidents last fiscal year were due to drivers’ negligence. Around 500 people were killed in road accidents in the region in the past three years.

Chairman of Far-western Transport Committee Tekraj Joshi, however, pointed fingers towards the dismal road conditions as the primary reason for road accidents. “Buses are compelled to use roads that are damaged,” he said.

Also, the injured passengers in the Doti accident complained that had the

rescue operation arrived on time, many of them would not have succumbed to their injuries.

“Many injured cried for help for hours but there was no one to rescue them,” said a victim, Nar Bahadur Sahu. DIG Jaya Bahadur Chand clarified that the rescue operation was delayed as they were informed of the accident late.

 

Published: 08-10-2014 09:29

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