Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 (LocalWire) The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has demanded Rs. 10 lakh compensation for each victim of Mahanadi bus accident.
OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said each deceased’s family members must be paid minimum Rs.10 lakh as compensation who lost their lives on Tuesday evening while travelling in the bus that met with a fatal accident on Mahanadi bridge at the outskirts of at all just and proper.
“A human life is worth of crores, but minimum Rs.10 lakh must be paid to each passenger’s family, who lost their lives,” demanded Patnaik.
In a press communique, Patnaik said the road accident and causalities are on rise in the state in last 5 years.
“Around 4,000 people die in road accidents every year in Odisha,” said the statement.
The state government has prepared a special road safety rule to reduce road accidents. The rule has been implemented with an aim to reduce 20 per cent major road accidents by the year 2020.
But unfortunately the fatalities increased by 7.33 per cent in Odisha in 2017 compared to 2016. The road accident scenario has further worsened during January and February, 2018 compared to same period of 2017.
“There is a rise in fatalities by more than 24 per cent. State government’s transport department, Regional Transport Officers and traffic police are responsible for this,” said Patnaik.
The OPCC chief said, the need for stringent enforcement of helmet law was stressed across the state by the Department Commerce and Transport.
“But records suggest that more than 35 per cent of people killed in road accidents are two-wheeler riders,” he said.
During the year 2017, as many as 4,790 people were killed in road accidents in Odisha and more than 11,000 were injured.
“The road accident fatality rate is higher in Odisha as compared to the all-India figure. In every 100 accidents, about 46 persons are killed in the state, whereas the national average is 29. 78 per cent of persons killed in road accidents are in the 15-45 years age groups. Many of them are the bread earners of their families,” said Patnaik.
Odisha is one of the five states along with Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Chhattisgarh to have recorded increase in fatalities during the period 2017 whereas the rest of the states of the country have actually reduced road accident fatalities.
He said, as many as 65 lakh motor vehicles ply across the state, while around six lakh new motor vehicles are being added to the existing fleet every year.
“Transport officials said the total number of vehicles would touch 90 lakh in another five years. But the road infrastructure is not matching up. With identification of at least 209 black spots prone to road mishaps across the state, Odisha government has not taken sufficient steps to prevent accident there and Mahanadi bridge at Cuttack in one of these,” alleged Patnaik.
According to official statistics, the state had witnessed 10,855 road mishaps in 2017 as compared to 10,532 in 2016.
While 4,790 people had died in road accidents in the state in 2017, the death toll had stood at 4,463 in 2016.
Similarly, more than 11,000 people had been injured during 2017.
The OPCC chief said, most of the road accidents in the state are caused because of drunk driving and rash driving, use of mobile phone while driving and bad road conditions.
“This must be looked into with immediate effect,” said Patnaik.
At least 12 people were killed and several others were injured after a bus fell off a bridge into the Mahanadi river in Cuttack on Tuesday. .