Monday, July 6, 2009

Govt frames guidelines to contain road accidents

To contain the traffic accidents and ensure smooth plying of vehicles on roads, an efficient traffic management system is being put in place for which the guidelines have been formulated by the government and the concerned departments have been asked to implement them in letter and spirit.

As per a government circular, issued today, QRTs will be set up on the identified spots where staff from all line departments viz. traffic, MVD, Executive Police, Law and Order, Health, Roads and Buildings, Fire and Emergency Service, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Defence would be made available and ambulances with facilities for emergency services, trauma, blood, oxygen and other necessary requisition will be made available. In addition, trained personal, mechanical equipments like recovery cranes, winches, gas emitters, ropes and air lifting of injured persons particularly in Doda district would be also ensured at these spots.

The road safety measures and awareness camps besides maintenance and workshop facility would be provided at these spots. The concerned RTA’s shall conduct periodical surveys to assess the actual passenger load and formulate a definite time table and route rationalization schedule for deployment of buses/vehicles by private, SRTC and local operators on rotation basis for reducing overloading of vehicles and monopoly of private transports.

The Beacon and R & B Department will ensure upgradation and improvement of deteriorated roads and will ensure dumping of debris on valley side during road widening works.

The departments will ensure visibility on the blind curves by installation of reflectors, remove bottlenecks on all routes on National Highway, identify accident prone areas and alternate safer routes/tunnels and implementation of less time causing and immediate result oriented short term practical measures on all vulnerable and accident place spots.

The motor vehicles department will ensure availability of public transport on routes where there is high demand by way of ensuing rationalization of routes and will check the fitness of all vehicles twice in a year, set up trial ground, issue hill license timely to highly experienced drives and implementation of passenger welfare fund.

The traffic department would launch intensive campaign for checking overloading and over speeding of vehicles, prevention of use of mobile phones by drivers, crash helmets’ for two wheeler driver/ riders, motorcycle borne flying squads for traffic management, setting up of urban transport agency for regularity hope include checking of overloading.

The MD, SRTC shall ensure procurement and deployment of small buses for the Doda district.

Thousands of eco-friendly volunteers pay obeisance at Hazratbal

The eco-friendly young students who have played their significant role in joining people of Srinagar city in eradicating polythene menace forever and ushering the city towards zero polythene zone. The youngsters cleaned Dal Lake and Jhelum and praised the heavenly beauty of Kashmir. They were impressed with extraordinary love which they receive from people of the Srinagar. These students were of the opinion that people of Kashmir are embodiment of love and they posses strong element of hospitality and respect for visiting guests. The age old tradition of providing Sharbat and other Tabrukaat was seen at Hazrat Bulbulshah shrine where these young students were received with warmth and love. In the lawns of Hazrat Bulbulshah shrine the students were able to see themselves the concept of mutual love and brotherhood which has been propagated by the great sofi saint Hazrat Bulbul Shah.

Youth interactions promote secular character: Dy CM

Describing the youth as building blocks of Nation, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Tara Chand made a strong plea to youth of the state to rise above caste, communal and regional considerations, and actively participate in state building activities.

The Deputy Chief Minister said this while inaugurating the National Integration camp organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Srinagar at Kheerbhawani, Ganderbal today. A large number of youth from different parts of the country are participating in the six -day long camp.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by MLA, Amirakadal, Mr. Naseer Sogami, MLC, Mr. Ali Mohd., Former Minister, Mr. Garu Ram, District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, Mr. Iftikar Hussain Bari, Director, North Zone, Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Mr. S.S.Kashyap and several functionaries of State Administration and Nehru Yuva Kendra.

Appreciating the activities undertaken by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mr. Tara Chand said that by organizing inter-state get-together in the valley, NYK is doing a commendable job; as such occasions threw a platform for one-to-one interaction between youth of different parts of the country, adding such interactions break the barriers of language, religions and culture, serving the bigger objective of strengthening secular character and harmonious living.

The Deputy Chief Minister while denouncing frequent hartals and bandhs, said that the State has already lost crucial twenty years and now is the time to discourage the trend of shutdowns to usher the state into a new era of progress and development. “Hartal politics is incurring huge economic losses to the state and its people”, he added.

Mr. Tara Chand described the youth as agents of change, saying younger generation of the State has proven their merit in all walks of life even at national and international levels and called for maintaining this momentum. He said, youth energy when channelized in right direction can work wonders towards socio-economic transformation of the state.

Addressing on the occasion, Mr. Sogami, said that such activities go a long way in promoting national integration, mutual brotherhood and understanding cultural diversity of India.

While presenting the vote of thanks Mr. Kashyap, gave a detailed resume of the activities of NYK, highlighting its role in promoting national development and respect for nation’s pluralist ethos among the youth.