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Cry for leash on road accidents

Members of the BJP’s youth wing on Friday demonstrated at the district collectorate for nearly an hour against administration inaction to curb accidents on city roads.

Around 30 members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, led by its city president Ratan Mahto, assembled at the district collectorate around 11.30am and shouted slogans against the administration for failing to regulate traffic and curb accidents in the city.

“There has been a sudden rise in the number of mishaps during the rainy season,” Mahto said, adding as many as six road mishaps had taken place in and around the city in the past 48 hours.

He listed the fatal combination of factors.

“Reckless driving coupled with the administration’s apathy has increased the risk factor on wet roads,” he said.

Illegal parking, drunken driving, rampant flouting of traffic rules and lack of awareness were other reasons for the bloodspill on roads, he added.

On safety demands, he said: “We want the district administration to fix a speed limit for heavy vehicles crossing the city. Also, the administration and the traffic police should work in sync to streamline vehicular movement.”

According to data available with traffic police, around 5,000 heavy commercial vehicles use city thoroughfares daily.

Later, the BJP activists also submitted a memorandum to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner (DC) Amitabh Kaushal, seeking prompt action to reduce mishaps.

“The DC promised steps to reduce mishaps. We will review the situation and come to the deputy commissioner’s office on next Friday. If the administration does not initiate any step by then, we will intensify our stir,” Mahto added.

Records available with the police say that in the first six months of 2014 alone, the city witnessed as many as 55 fatal accidents. No less than 141 fatal accidents took place in Jamshedpur in 2013.