23rd Jan 2018 09:01:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News


The capital complex roads have become a death trap as almost every day accidents are reported causing serious injuries and fatalities while many more go unreported. On Monday, two incidents were reported in which an autorickshaw driver was killed while another youth sustained serious injuries in a separate incident.

Arunachal Pradesh has incidents of road accidents much above the national average, which to most doesn’t come as a shock given the blatant disregard for traffic rules. Road Safety and adherence to traffic rules are non-issues here.

Everybody and anybody is ‘king of the road’. Motorbikes, SUVs, private cars and taxis zip past you with lightning speed, take wrong turns, enter one ways ( not all but still) with scant regard for traffic wardens whose feeble outcry is no match.

We are an impatient society when it comes to road etiquette.

 Of late, the capital complex region has seen unprecedented building boom. But one thing largely remains the same—lack of footpaths. Even as new modern structures are coming up, pedestrian walk ways are given least attention. Rarely are our cities planned for the people. Roads are meant for cars and two wheelers but never for the general public. The lack of this vital infrastructure is making pedestrians, children walking to school especially vulnerable.

The traffic management authorities in the state have a daunting task to manage road users and the lack of infrastructure makes their job that much more hard. Footpaths, Zebra Crossings etc which ensure pedestrian safety and help in keeping the roads in order are missing fuelling further chaos.

 The road near the solar energy park at Lower Niti Vihar is a favourite spot for speeding cars and bikes as the road is smooth and wide. And many accidents have taken place at this particular area. The district administration must construct speed breakers here and also along the capitals road to deter speeding vehicles and ensure pedestrian safety.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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