The recent sinking of the bus in the Bagjola khal near VIP Road , Kestopur in Kolkata raises a few pertinent questions about the mindless rash driving . After few days , people will again forget the gruesome accident. History will again repeat itself.
Mindless rash driving is not new. Only everyday such driving takes a new toll of lives. Infants, school-going children , old men , women or office-goers meet the same kind of tragedy after the race and slush of the buses killing passengers. The recent sinking of the bus in the Bagjola khal near VIP Road , Kestopur in Kolkata raises a few pertinent questions about the mindless rash driving . After few days , people will again forget the gruesome accident. History will again repeat itself.
In Mumbai , Delhi, Kolkata or Bangalore such incidents are happening now and then. Well, in most cases the driver and conductors manage to jump out and flee.The other day the bus jam-packed with passengers plunged headlong and sank in the Bagjola canal after skidding on the dredged mud that became slush during overnight rain. Such dreadful accidents happen not only in Kolkata alone. This picture of lawless transport is there everywhere in India. That reckless driving endangers hundreds of lives is an old story. The media only puts it in a new bottle. While dogs bark the caravan goes and goes….and there seems to be none to find out a panacea.
Well, there are efforts to control traffic disorders. In Mumbai April 7 is going to be observed as ‘No Honking Day’ and the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan also is found pasting a sticker with the slogan ‘No Honking Day’. But what is the real picture? Buses are blowing horn as loudly as they can and even the hospitals and schools are not spared.
The DPS bus accident in Ahmedabad that killed one child and critically injured several others might come as an eye opener regarding the question “Whom should we hold responsible for school bus accidents --- school authorities or traffic department or the mindless rash driving?
Social cost of annual accidents in India is more than $110000 . Professionalism in driver training is absent while the number of untrained driver is increasing day by day. Motor vehicles accidents in metropolitan cities should be checked. Passengers are also expected to remain alert. Traffic police take bribes of any amount. The license issuing authority in the Vehicle department is seen engaged in corruption. Without proper checking driving license is given. Roads are not marked by divider and one way traffic is not introduced in many of the highways. Conductors for their avaricious tendencies make the bus halted to some point endlessly. They do not bother if there is a patient in the bus or a school- going child waiting to reach examination hall. Lastly, it must be remembered here that most of the road accidents occurred because of human error.