Nothing could move THE PRESIDENT, PM, CHIEF MINISTERs & NHAI on Adopting SAFETY MEASURES OF NH 6(Sonapur Region Of Meghalaya); The accidents continue to happen; Poor Condition of NH 6 a matter of concern ; 11 Died, 21 injured after Capital Travels bus falls into deep gorge

We The People Of Barak Valley (A Societal Establishment from Silchar) had been on a campaign since 2010  to move the authorities concerned for adopting safety measures all along the Tongseng-Sonapur zone. We had moved the President of India, Prime Minister, Minister of Highways, National Highway Authority of India, Congress General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur for their immediate intervention and corrective measures. Nothing could move them and the accidents continue to happen.

Accident on NH 6 ; The Sentinel

Sonapur on National Highway 6 (earlier 44) in Meghalaya, 110 km from here, has again been the spot for yet another fatal bus accident involving a night super which was coming from Guwahati to Hailakandi.

Accident

The tragic incident happened in the dark and foggy night of Republic Day when the driver of the ill-fated bus lost control and the vehicle rolled down the steep gorges 300 feet down. 10 lives were lost on the spot while 1 admitted in a local hospital succumbed to his injuries. 22 other passengers were seriously injured who were admitted in different hospitals of Kheliarat, Jowai and Sonapur

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Sonapur-Tongseng zone on NH 6 in the Khliehriat district in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, 110 km from here, has been hitting the headlines of the media frequently for the tragic accidents involving passenger buses of different travel agencies. The 3 km area has been identified as highly prone to accidents and landslips by the Geological Survey of India and the ONGC landsat images. The Border Road Organization has put up caution board for drivers only to be flouted than complied with.

Sonapur-Tengsong zone has been witness to series of fatal mishaps, claiming lives and limbs, maiming many forever. And the travel agency or the persons responsible for criminal negligence have gone scot free. Before the Sherowali night super bus to Agartala from Guwahati met with fatal accident which claimed 31 lives and left 36 other passengers injured, 10 of them critically, on August 8 last, it was yet another Agartala bound night super bus from Guwahati of Puja travels that skidded off the highway and fell into Lubha river, killing 8 passengers and injuring more than 20. It happened on December 18, 2010. On June 17, 2011, a Sumo rolled down the deep gorges. It took the lives of 10 passengers. 7 of the victims belonged to the same family.

The Response against the above appeal from President Secretariat  as on 29th Jaunary 2016 as follows

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Lacks Basic Hill Road Safety Standards at Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor on

National Highway No 6 (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.

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?

 

  • The available East West Corridor Project Maha Sadak is in progress with snail speed. Therefore, NH-6 (44) becomes the life line of all these states as the 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.