Outdated public transport in hilly districts to be phased out

Tighten verification procedures for passenger vehicles: Dy CM
Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Tara Chand expressing shock and grief over the loss of previous lives in the tragic mishap near Badarkoot in Kishtwar on May 4, today said that ex-gratia cannot be a substitute for those who have lost their dear ones in the accident.
Sharing concern of the government over the increase in the frequency of the road accidents in the hilly erstwhile Doda district in a condolence meeting held here, the Deputy Chief Minister assured the bereaved family members of accident victims and citizens that no stone will be left unturned to improve the transport system and ensure safety of commuters on all the routes of the hilly district. 
MLA Kishtwar, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, MLA Inderwal, Mr. G. M. Saroori and MLC Mr. Ajay Sadhotra were also among those present in the meeting.
A two-minute silence was also observed for the accident victims.
Reviewing the existing transport and traffic management system in the three districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, Mr. Tara Chand called for speeding of the process of commissioning new SRTC buses besides, making arrangements for plying additional mini buses along different routes in the districts. He also directed the concerned authorities for tightening the verification procedure of all passenger vehicles like issuance of fitness and road worthiness certificate, licenses and other documents. He said that all the old and outdated vehicles will be phased out from the roads to minimize the chances of accidents in future in the area. 
Earlier, the District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar Mr. G. R Bhagat briefed the Deputy Chief Minister of the relief and rescue operation carried out by the district administration immediately after the mishap at Bandarkoot. He said that ex-gratia of Rs. 10,000 has been paid to next of kins of 25 families of accident victims while as 6 ex-gratia cases will soon be disposed off after completion of legal formalities.
The MLAs of Kishtwar and Inderwal Assembly constituencies highlighted the problems faced by the people like dilapidated condition of roads in Batote, Kishtwar, Chatroo, Palmar, Paddar, Thakraie, Saroor-Bhadat and Bhelessa-Bonjwah routes and sought government’s action in improving the transport and traffic arrangements in the district.
The Deputy Chief Minister also interacted with the public who apprised him of their demands like controlling overloading menace, repair and renovation of roads, handing over the maintenance of Kishtwar-Palmar road to NHPC etc.



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