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Of accidents and no-parking zones

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 27: Preventing accidents from happening is not something like walking in the park. This does not mean that ‘accidents will happen’ is taken for granted. There are numerous specified no-parking zones in Guwahati. If such specified zones have anything worthwhile to serve, why are trekkers (diesel taxis) allowed to park in no-parking zones, that too, under the very nose of police personnel?

There are many such no-parking zones in the city where vehicles are allowed to park as though to send a message among those who violate motor vehicle rules and regulations that ‘rules are meant to be broken’ in Assam. Such a no-parking zone is seen near Dispur. The road that leads one to Hatigaon from Ganeshguri near Ganesh Udyan in front of Ganesh Mandir has a hoarding erected by the Guwahati traffic police that reads – no-parking zone. A traffic police personnel is seen at the traffic point to ensure a streamlined traffic flow at the juncture from where a road each leads to Kahilipara, Ganeshguri, Hatigaon and the Assam Secretariat. However, under the very nose of the traffic police personnel manning the point, a number of trekkers are seen parked as often as not under the hoarding of the traffic police. By allowing such a practice, does not the traffic police mock the very traffic rules which it wants to execute so as to make traffic hassle-free?

Such practices and many of their ilk make one to infer that accidents as often as not take place more by design than by accidents. This statement is backed by the fact that the number of Motor Vehicle cases detected in Guwahati during 2015 was 85,458 and the amount of fine collected during the period was Rs 2,90,22,850. In Guwahati alone, as many as 1,156 motor accidents did take place in 2015 leading to the death of 303 people against 304 in 2014, sources in the City Police said.

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