Press Meet on 23rd May’2010 at Hotel Ellora, Silchar; Appeal to "President of India" For Implementation of Road Safety Eqipments on National Highway No. 44 (Sonapur, Meghalaya Region)

To
Her Excellency
Pratibha Devisingh Patil
The President of India
Rashtrapati BhavanNew Delhi – 110 001.

Appeal for Implementation of Basic “ROAD SAFETY” Measures Near Tonseng, Sonapur and Malidor On National Highway No. 44 (Shillong – Tripura National Highway)
Respected Ma’am,
I pray that these lines find you in good health.

I, Saurabh Koiri, resident of Indrani Sarani, Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar, Dist: Cachar, State : Assam, Pin – 788005, have the honour to lay before you the following few lines for the favour of your kind attention and gracious consideration.

On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongseng Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life of my father Late Shri Subhash Koiri along with my elder brother Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin. My father was Block Development Officer at Binnakandi Dev. Block under Govt. of Assam and he needs to travel the terrain regularly as part of his job. On 6th Jan also he was returning from Guwahati to Silchar after completing his government duty. The vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep.
This scary news of National Highway 44, which connects Shillong with Tripura, is quite common for the residents of Barak Valley and 4 different States to connect with Guwahati. The 723 km stretch of NH-44 from Shillong to Tripura spans across the states of Meghalaya, Assam and links some major district headquarters, towns and cities of Mizoram and Manipur. The available railway connectivity is not proper and broad-gauge railway project is in progress with snail speed. Therefore, NH-44 becomes the life line of all these states as the main and major mode of transportation. However, because of some vital reasons, mentioned below, the travel at NH-44 makes it dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening and tiring for the commuters. The major accident prone areas say, Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor, are without basic road safety signs.
Her Excellency, I am writing this letter on behalf of those who have lost their loved ones and are grateful for the lives that were spared on National Highway No. 44 near Sonapur and. The ideology is to highlight the laxity and negligent attitude of the Government, National Highway Authority and other law enforcing agencies responsible for implementing basic road safety measures at least at major accident prone areas.
Lacks Basic Hill Road Safety Standards at Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor on National Highway No. 44


  • No Road Signs:
NH-44 is rarely has Cautionary or Warning or Precautionary Signs to forewarn the driver to drive cautiously along the hill road.
  • No Road Barricades/ Railings:
There has been no Side Barriers or Railings or barricades sited at the accidental acute hill curves. Road Side barriers and other hill road safety equipments are not present, even in accidental prone areas. None satisfying measures were taken to prevent vehicles from plunging deep down in to the river or trench of hundreds of feet.
  • No Proper Line Markings:
Road are not well informed with the markings and signals. Line markings are not printed on all roads. The main roads are narrow and in pathetic conditions, most of them lacking overpasses for intersecting roads.
  • Lack of Emergency Facility / Helpline number:
The stretch of Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor lacks in emergency service facilities. In case of any mishap there is no provision for first aid treatment near the intersections. Victims have to cost their lives as doctors and hospitals are usually quite far.
  • Lack of Laws and their proper enforcements:
No highway patrols, No precautionary measures are in place to prevent speeding vehicles and ensure speed limits in the above mentioned stretch. Drinking and driving is common on NH-44. There are no checks done by officials to ascertain that private owned public transport vehicles does not overload with passengers and goods beyond permissible safety limits. It is a general appeal of passengers that the drivers of super-deluxe buses drive vehicles in night under the influence of liquor; the safety and security of passengers are never given priority by the transport agencies as well as those responsible for enforcing traffic rules.
  • Pathetic Road Condition:
Road Condition is very bad and gets even worse during the rainy season. Roads repaired get washed away with the slightest showers. Ultimately, it is the common man who has to suffer at the end, because of pathetic road conditions.

Such conditions make driving and traveling on NH-44 (near Tonseng, Sonapur and Malidor) a harrowing, dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening experience especially in and around Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor regions.

In recent past fatal accident of Pooja Travels of the Tripura State Road Transport Corporation 35-passenger capacity bus night super bus that killed eight and injured many people after it fell into Loobha River at Sonapur.

Source: The Sentinel.
The most tragic accident that took place on this highway was the death of seven people travelling in a private passenger bus CAPITAL TRAVELS which skidded in the slush on the spot and rolled down the Loobha River. The body of one of the passengers was recovered at Sunamganj in Bangladesh.
Source: The Sentinel
After the succession of lives lost in road accidents and notifications, no discernible action for basic hill road safety measures have been taken by the Public representatives, government and Highway authorities for major accidental areas as compared to other national highways of India.
I am not being facetious and I genuinely appeal your interference to install basic safety standards on major accidental
prone areas to prevent further carnage on NH-44 (Near Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor)
Thanking You ,                                                                                                                                                                                 Yours faithfully,
Date: 7th May, 2010
Silchar, Assam
(Saurabh Koiri)
S/o Lt. Subhash Koiri
House No. 11, Indrani Sarani
Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005
Email: saurabh.koiri@gmail.com
Copy to:

1. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
2. Shri Kamal Nath, Hon’ble, Union Minister Road and Transport, Govt. of India.
3. Shri Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress.
(Special Attention for visiting major accidental areas to install Road Safety equipments mentioned accidental areas)
4. Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Assam.
5. Shri Mukul Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya.
6. Shri Manik Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Tripura.
7. Shri Okram Ibobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur.
8. Shri Pu Lalthanhawla, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Mizoram.
9. Lt Gen MC Badhani, VSM, Director General Border Roads.
10. Shri Brijeshwar Singh, IAS, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India.
11. Chief Secretary: Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya, Govt. of Tripura, Govt. of Manipur, Govt. of Mizoram.
12. Shri Kabindra Purkaistha, Member of Parliament, Silchar, Assam.

Enclosed:

1. Photographs and Videos of few major accident spots lacking BASIC HILL ROAD SAFETY equipments.
2. News Paper cuttings of recent accident of my father and elder brother at Tonseng on National Highway – 44.

(Saurabh Koiri)
S/o Lt. Subhash Koiri
House No. 11, Indrani Sarani
Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005
Email: saurabh.koiri@gmail.com

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APPEAL TO PEOPLE OF BARAK VALLEY (ASSAM), TRIPURA, MIZORAM, MANIPUR

Road Safety on National Highway No. 44 (Sonapur Region)


Ref. Press Meet on 23rd May’2010 Seeking Support for Road Safety Campaign for Implementation of Road Safety Equipments at Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor on National Highway No. 44
Reference: Appeal to:
Her Excellency, Pratibha Patil, President of India
Copy to:
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
Shri. Kamal Nath, Hon’ble, Union Minister Road and Transport, Govt. of India.
Shri. Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress.
(Special Attention for visiting major accidental areas to install Road Safety equipments mentioned accidental areas)
Shri. Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Assam.
Shri. Mukul Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya.
Shri. Manik Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Tripura.
Shri. Okram Ibobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur.
Shri. Pu Zoramthanga, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Mizoram.
Lt Gen MC Badhani, VSM, Director General Border Roads.
Shri. Brijeshwar Singh, IAS, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India.
Chief Secretary: Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya, Govt. of Tripura, Govt. of Manipur, Govt. of Mizoram.
Shri. Kabindra Purkaistha, Member of Parliament, Silchar, Assam.
Dear Friends
I, Saurabh Koiri, s/o Lt. Subhash Koiri, resident of Indrani Sarani Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Dist. Cachar, Assam, organised Press Meet on 23rd day of May, 2010 in Silchar, Cachar, Assam
I am representing a common man who has lost his father and his elder brother in an accident on National Highway No. 44, a National Highway which lacks basic essential ROAD SAETY NORMS particularly at Sonapur, Tongseng and Malidor.
On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongsong Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life of my father Late Shri Subhash Koiri along with my elder brother Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin. My father was Block Development Officer at Binnakandi Dev. Block under Govt. of Assam and he needs to travel the terrain regularly as part of his job. On 6th Jan also he was returning from Guwahati to Silchar after completing his government duty. The vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep. There were no essential Road Safety equipments signs/signage available where the accident took place.
National Highway 44 (Shillog – Tripura), which connects Shillong with Tripura is quite common for the residents of BARAK VALLEY and 4 different States to connect Guwahti with Major Towns towns and District of ASSAM, TRIPURA, MANIPUR and MIZORAM. The 723 km stretch of NH-44 spans across the states of Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura and links some major district headquarters, towns and cities of Mizoram and Manipur. The available railway connectivity is not proper and broad-gauge railway project is in progress with snail speed. Therefore, NH-44 becomes the life line of all these states as the main and major mode of transportation. However, because of some vital reasons, mentioned below, the travel at NH-44 makes it dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening and tiring for the commuters. The major accident prone areas say, Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor, were without basic “road safety norms”.
A strong desire that it does not happen to any other family and to stop further carnage on above mentioned regions, I have taken this initiative of “ROAD SAETY” on behalf of those who have lost their loved ones particularly one of the most neglected regions of National Highway of our country.
With Reference to the letter to Her Excellency Pratibha Devising Patil, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Kamal Nath, Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India, Shri Rahul Gandhi ( For visiting accidental areas), concerned Chief Minister of concerned States (Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram) Chairmen NHAI, Director Border Roads Organisations, Shri Kabindra Purkaistha, MP Silchar and other concerned agencies appealing for interference to install basic “ROAD SAFETY” measures on National highway no. 44 near Tongseng, Malidor and Sonapur region.
The ideology is to seek Support to make ROAD SAFETY CAMPIAGN Successful. I believe that community involvement can give strong support to the cause of road safety and motivate political will, highlighting the laxity and negligent attitude of the Government, National Highway Authority of India and other law enforcing agencies responsible for implementing basic “Road Safety” measures at least at major accident prone areas at Tonseng, Sonapur and Malidor region on National Highway No.-44 which is without “BASIC ROAD SAFETY NORMS” for years.
A strong desire that the same doesn’t happen to any other family due to such a horrible road accident… absence of Road safety forced me to highlight loopholes of National Highway Management. The challenge of making NH-44 safer can be met only with the whole hearted support and commitment of the people of Barak Valley, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.
Few Questions to Government and Concerned Authorities on the issue of “Road safety” on NH-44 at Sonapur, Tongseng, Malidor region

WHY Sonapur Region on NH-44 is neglected?

  • In the absence of proper railway connectivity and slow progress of broad gauge railway project, NH-44 is the main and major mode of transportation for Barak valley (Assam) along with other 3 states Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur to communicate with the Dispur (State Capital of Assam) and different part of our country.
  • Why Sonapur Region on NH-44 is neglected by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, National Highway Authority of India and other concerned agencies where accidents are quite common. Being so important National Highway and main mode of transportation of residents and commuters of 4 states viz. Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur and other major cities and head quarters.
  • National Highway of Shimla, Masoorie, Nainital, viz. NH-22, NH-72, NH-94, where Road Safety Measures are undertaken and implemented properly. Why NH-44 is neglected, being same geographical conditions compared to other National Highways of India, NH-44 (near Sonapur) lacks basic Road Safety measures like Road Signs, Railing / Barriers, Emergency Facility, Line Marking. If any vehicle lost its control it falls thousand feet gorge straight away on NH-44 near Sonapur, Tonseng and Malidor.
  • The transport Department is one of the largest revenue earning departments. dealing with various transport related matters like driving licenses, registration of motor vehicles, grant and renewal of permits and other regulatory and enforcement services, We the people from Barak valley, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram pays all of the above similarly like any other citizen of India then, why govt. has no little attention for the betterment of basic road condition of NH-44 which is the main mode of Transportation.

Why our Public representatives are silent on the issue of Road Safety on NH-44 (Near Sonapur)?


 

  • There are 15 nos. of MLAs, 2 nos. Member of Parliament, 2 Cabinet Ministers (Govt. of Assam) and in Barak valley, and Govt. of Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur but no initiative being seen or felt for installing ROAD SAFETY equipments at NH-44 (near Sonapur – Tongseng – Malidor) where travel is dangerous, unsafe and life-threatening for the commuters.
  • Don’t our public representatives feel the importance of “Road Safety” on NH 44 (Near Sonapur, Tongseng and Malidor)?
  • Don’t our public representatives travel along with NH-44 to communicate with State Capital of Assam?

We, the common man respect our representatives next to God, Why don’t they respect us in return.

Whom should we blame for all these sufferings………………… Ultimately, it is the common man who has to suffer because of inactive role of our elected Representatives.

Why there is no role of Voluntary Organizations?

  • Why there is no participation of NGOs and other voluntary Organisations Grant-in-Aid for implementing, Campaigning as per the guidelines of National Highway Authority of India, for Road Safety and improving road conditions on NH-44 near Sonapur.
  • If at all there is presence then why its not been visible.

Why there is Lack of Laws and their proper enforcements?


 

  • There are no checks done by officials to ascertain that private owned public transport vehicles does not overload with passengers and goods beyond permissible safety limits.
  • It is a general appeal of passengers that the drivers of super-deluxe buses drive vehicles in night under the influence of liquor;
  • The safety and security of passengers are never given priority by the transport agencies as well as those responsible for enforcing traffic rules.
My aim towards this ROAD SAFETY CAMPEIGN is stop further carnage on near Sonapur Tongseng and Malidor

Appeal to People of Barak Valley

We the people of Barak Valley can aimed at raising awareness amongst all levels of society as to the risks and consequences associated with a lack of “Road Safety”
I believe that community involvement can give strong support to the cause of road safety on NH-44 and motivate political will, thus enable road safety actions to be prioritised and proper steps to be undertaken at Sonapur, Tongseng and Malidor on NH-44.
The challenge of making roads safer can be met only with the whole hearted support and commitment of the entire community. I strongly feel that partnering with people of barak valley that provides impetus to my initiative and campaign for Road Safety to stop further carnage on NH-44 Near Sonapur region.
Thank you for your time and attention

Date: 09-07-2010
Silchar, Assam
With Love to People of Barak Valley
Saurabh Koiri
S/o Lt. Subhash Koiri
House No. 11, Indrani Sarani, Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar,
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005, Email : info@wethepeople-barakvalley.com

 


Initiative By : Saurabh Koiri, Silchar, Assam

 

2 Replies to “Press Meet on 23rd May’2010 at Hotel Ellora, Silchar; Appeal to "President of India" For Implementation of Road Safety Eqipments on National Highway No. 44 (Sonapur, Meghalaya Region)”

  1. The national highway 44 is such a dangerous place to be in. As long as your on the road, your walking on a deathtrap, you never know whose going to be the next target as long as this
    ‘good for nothing’ road transport authorities does practically nothing apart from collecting bribes..I need to travel on the road every now and then, and who knows i may be next

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