Durgapur News Desk, 19 January 2017: Two gruesome accidents within 24 hours in Durgapur raised questions on ‘road safety’ in the town. Yesterday morning a fatal accident which took place at the City Centre bus stand in Durgapur took the life of 28 year old Tilak Mondal, a resident of Jemua village adjacent to Durgapur town.
On Tuesday, a fatal accident took the life of an elderly person at the MAMC Township in Durgapur. Road accidents claiming two lives within 24 hours and that too when on this Tuesday ‘Road Safety Week’ came to an end, has raised questions on road safety.
According to eyewitnesses, yesterday at around 10:30 am a private bus of the Asansol-Krishnanagar route while entering the City Centre bus stand with a rather high speed lost control and hit the motorcyclist Tilak Mondal. The driver and the conductor of the bus fled away. Mondal suffered massive head injury and was bleeding profusely. He was rushed to the Durgapur Sub-Division hospital, where he was declared ‘brought dead’.
Police has detained the private bus but has yet not been able to nab the driver and the conductor of the bus.
With around 10,000 vehicular accidents and 5,500 deaths due to these accidents annually, West Bengal is among 13 states in the country recording maximum number of road mishaps, according to statistics of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, released last year.
Along with the entire country, Bengal also observed 28th Road Safety Week starting 9 January and ending on 15 January. But massive awareness campaign and stringent rules being enforced is perhaps the need of the hour to stop this blood bath.
Also, as responsible citizens, it is imperative that we observe traffic rules while driving or walking to ensure not only our own safety; but also of those around us.