| Students at an art competition organised at Shraddhanjali Kanan in Guwahati on Wednesday in the run-up to Road Safety Week. Telegraph picture |
Guwahati, Jan. 8: People who have been disabled in road accidents will lead the Great Guwahati Walkathon in a bid to raise awareness about road safety.
The Assam transport department will hold the walkathon on January 12, as part of the 25th Road Safety Week, which will be observed in the state from January 11 to 17.
District transport officer (registration and licensing) Gautam Das today said invitations had been sent to many people, including Juli Baruah, a student of Cotton College who lost both her hands in a bus accident in 2006, to lead the walkathon.
These people will also share their experiences on the dangerous consequences of rash and negligent driving and appeal to the participants to drive with caution, Das said.
“Assam’s first Arjuna awardee Bhogeswar Barua, Guinness World Record holder Abhijit Baruah and former five-time national discus champion Tayabun Nisha will also take part in the walkathon,” he said.
The walkathon will start from Nehru Stadium on B. Borooah Road at 8am and end at Rudra Singha Sports Complex at Dispur.
Dwelling on the importance of observing Road Safety Week, superintendent of police (traffic) Bibekananda Das said many lives are lost every year because of people’s lack of awareness about road safety.
He said 208 persons were had been killed and 823 persons were injured in road mishaps in the city in 2013 (up to September).
In 2012, 246 persons were killed and 1,062 injured in road accidents in the city.
The number of road accident cases in Guwahati has gone up to 1,078 in 2012 from 326 in 2001.
In the run-up to Road Safety Week, an art competition was held among school and college students at Shraddhanjali Kanan here today.
The art competition was organised by the transport department with the help of the Guwahati Artists’ Guild. Deputy commissioner (transport) J.C. Handique and secretary of Regional Transport Authority Kamrup Dwijen Das were present on the occasion.
This year, Road Safety Week will be observed throughout the state on the theme When on the Road, Always Say pehle aap (you first).
During Road Safety Week, a vintage car rally will be organised on January 12 and training for drivers will be given on January 11. Street plays, bike and car rallies and street-corner meetings will also be organised.