---- Editorial ----
Govt yet to learn any lesson
As the monsoon arrives, the news of landslide and road blockade is pouring in from
various parts of the state. On Saturday three construction workers were killed due
to landslide at Palin Town under Kra Daadi district. The tragic incident took place
when due to sudden slide of heavy landmass 3 labourers were buried alive. Last year
in similar kind of incident, 16 labourers were killed at Tawang in a construction
Every year landslide and road blockade causes disaster and destruction in the state.
Government only reacts whenever tragedy strikes. They do not seem to learn any lesson
from the unfortunate incidents that strikes state on regular basis during the monsoon
season. There is a need to make proper plan before the onset of monsoon. District
administration will have to take a lead role and involve all parties including PWD,
PHE, BRO, police etc. A battalion of NDRF is currently based in capital complex and
have been taking active part in rescue operation whenever need arises. State Government
should collaborate with NDRF and give training to police personnel and officials
of disaster management to make them better prepared to face any kind of situation.
---- Readers Forum ----
This is with reference to the news report, "Car mows down 4, 1 dead" (State News,
April 23). The death of Naya Taku, a 17 year old girl, in a hit-and-run case at Niti
Vihar highlights the need to improve road safety in every possible way not only by
ensuring good condition of roads, vehicles, traffic system but also by creating an
environment for good mental and physical condition of drivers. A driver should not
be intoxicated either by alcohol or drugs or by aggressive advertisements for cars
and bikes that are out for equating speed driving with manliness. Indeed, driving
with macho mindset can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Such stupid advertisements
want to reduce us to callous animated cartoon like characters who cannot feel the
pain of a victim of hit-and-run accident.
So, along with strict implementation of Motor Vehicle Act and the ban on bars and
the vending of liquor within 500 meters from the national and state highways; to
censor such advertisements is also a must to make our roads free and easy sans reckless
Rising hit and run cases
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to write on rising hit and run cases in
Itanagar. It is shocking to every one of us that we lost a young life though no fault
of her. May her soul Rest in Peace and god give enough strength to the families to
overcome this grief.
Here I want to write some suggestions to the concerned govt. authorities and I hope
they will ponder upon this points.
First, for the safety purpose, the engineers must have designed every stretch of
road with certain design speeds. Vehicle found to drive at speed higher than this
should be stopped immediately by the police. The police and Transport department
should ask the highway department to put up the maximum speed board at every stretch
of the road.
Secondly, there should be a fixed font style and font size for the vehicle registration
plate. It will be helpful to the public and especially in hit and run cases. I think
the sole purpose of the registration plate is for identification but we find vehicle
owner make this as decorating parts for their vehicles. Some registration plates
are such that we cannot read it even from close.
Lastly, CCTV cameras should be installed at every corner of the city.
I hope in the days to come we will see changes along the roads.
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