Chandigarh

ROAD ACCIDENTS: 107 LOST LIVES IN ACCIDENTS IN 2017, SUVICHAR CONCERNS

November 13, 2018 11:25 AM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

SUVICHAR, a Chandigarh-based Think Tank today announced a series of measures to bring about change in traffic mechanism of Indian cities. Taking a 360 degree view of problems ailing our cities, prominent members of the think tank came together on Monday to release its annual report, which makes a mention of several remedial measures which need to be taken for a better city.

Appointment of psychiatrists and counsellors in every school and college to interact with students and teachers is another suggestion made in the report, besides launching a major campaign against drugs menace. Need to amend laws to provide exemplary punishment to drug smugglers and their touts has also been suggested.

 Expressing concern over increasing number of road accident in Chandigarh, the members informed, “In 2017 there were a total of 342 road accidents which resulted in 107 deaths in UT Chandigarh. 85.03% of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclist and two wheelers”. The Think Tank has suggested challans for traffic violations on the spot on the basis of CCTV cameras, besides also suggesting raising the amount of fine for violations.

It has also been suggested that there is a need for creating awareness among public to send information about the violators through Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter. The think tank has also suggested to make seat belts mandatory for those sitting on rear seat as well.

Stress has also been laid on better road maintenance and lighting, besides also stressing on having a turn-only lanes.

The SUVICHAR report released here today covers the key areas of Road safety, Legal Reforms, Sports and Drug Issues.

Suvichar has also brought out suggestions for the legislature, the executive and the judiciary to improve the functioning of the justice dispensation system in India. It has been suggested efforts should be made to fill-up the existing vacancies of sanctioned strength of judges throughout the country, said ML Sarin, noted senior advocate of the city. The judiciary should be provided (where it has not) the access to the latest Information Technology to help find ways and means to decide old cases expeditiously, he added.

Regarding sports, the Think Tank said that by encouraging private participation in setting up sports facilities and by organising district and village level competitions regularly, sports bodies can help to create a culture of sports in India, it has been suggested, besides also laying stress on women empowerment by creating women teams in different teams.

Taking serious note on drugs menace, Suvichar has said there was a need to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the extent of the menace. It should include parameters like the age group most vulnerable to fall into the trap, types of drugs taken and sources of such drugs as well as areas most prone to inducting new addicts.

Appointment of psychiatrists and counsellors in every school and college to interact with students and teachers is another suggestion made in the report, besides launching a major campaign against drugs menace. Need to amend laws to provide exemplary punishment to drug smugglers and their touts has also been suggested. 

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