MANGALDAI, Dec 20 - Hoping that no more road mishaps take place in Darrang district during the coming year, the District Transport Department as per a resolution adopted by the District-Level Road Safety Committee (DRSC) with the Deputy Commissioner in the chair, is going to intensify activities like information, education and communication (IEC) on road safety on the eve of 2020.
“Everybody wishes that the new year would be free from unfortunate incidents, and instead, herald happiness. Curbing loss of precious human lives in road accidents can very well be achieved by spreading proper awareness on road safety norms,” said Kumar Sanjib Krishna, District Transport Officer of Darrang.
“We have undertaken several awareness programmes from time to time, but this year under the guidance of the Deputy Commissioner we have planned a series of IEC activities targeting the younger generation and keeping in mind their areas of interest, including technological intervention with a road map of 100 days,” DTO Krishna maintained.
The last quarterly meeting of the DRSC held on December 4 last has reportedly decided to organise road safety, i.e., IEC programmes involving local stakeholders, including prominent NGOs, educational institutions and leading citizens, among others.
Meanwhile, the number of ‘black spots’ or road accident-prone locations in the district has presently been figured at 25, with Sipajhar Police Station recording the highest figure of nine spots, followed by six spots under Dalgaon Police Station, while Mangaldai PS and Dhula PS recorded four black spots each.
The district registered a total of 89 casualties in 2018, while the figure is still alarming for the current year, with nearly 70 till October last.