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Srinagar, May 14 (UNI) Concerned over the recent spate of road accidents claiming many precious human lives, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has underscored the need for taking effective measures to check SUCH mishaps in future.

We have to take short, medium and long term measures for checking these mishaps, particularly on Batote-Kishtwar national highway and other hilly roads in the State, he said.

The Chief Minister was chairing a high-level meeting convened here last evening to ascertain the causes of road accidents particularly in the Doda district and measures required to check them.

He also watched a power point presentation made by the traffic department on accidents and increased fatalities-causes, prevention and management.

The measures stressed by the Chief Minister included plying of 20-seater buses on narrow and hilly routes in Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur and Kathua districts.

He issued instructions for purchasing small buses by State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) for which Rs one crore would be released to the corporation.

To begin with, these buses would be plied on hilly routes in Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts in view of the area having witnessed a number of road accidents registering many casualties.

The exact requirement of such vehicles and the routes would be identified immediately and the buses deployed accordingly on hilly and narrow roads in Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch districts.

It was decided to designate nodal officers of the traffic department for these district headquarters and other places to ensure strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations and check overloading and rash and negligent driving.

The meeting also decided that 25 per cent of the compound fee raised by the traffic department would be provided to it as an incentive for establishment of road safety fund to be utilized for undertaking road safety campaigns, carrying out studies for traffic management and road safety and purchasing of traffic signage and signals.

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