Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2018 11:17:00











THAT road accidents are considered one of the biggest killers in the country is proved every day while browsing through the pages of newspapers. That should become a matter of concern for everybody, not just the Government but also every road user. The Telangana bus accident on Tuesday in which 57 persons were killed 30 others wounded, shows the enormity of the situation. Without doubt the bus was heavily overcrowded. That could have contributed to the accident. While overcrowding is one of the factors for such accidents, there are numerous other issues that need to be looked into to minimise the occurence of such ghastly accidents on roads. In most cases it is the recklessness on the part of the driver that has often been cited as one of the reasons. There is also the case of the drivers not being adequately trained or on occasions drivers are found to be in inebriated condition. But one of the major causes is the condition of roads. It is this aspect that comes strictly under the purview of government where urgent steps are expected from them.


EUROPEAN nations are ignoring the warnings of expert groups and even the World Health Organisation (WHO) on air quality at their own peril. European Court of Auditors (ECA), which monitors how budgets are spent by the group’s member nations, says that the situation in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe is even worse than in Asian giants China and India. According to a watchdog report, more than 1000 Europeans die each day due to poor air quality, ten times more than those killed in road accidents. But these statistics, it appears, are mere numbers for the members of the developed European Union, and do not spur them into taking stern steps to stem the rot. This in spite of the fact that most of these nations have pledged to limit their emission levels of toxic gases under the Paris agreement. Clearly they are not interested in cutting down use of fossil fuels but expect developing countries like China and India to limit their use of fossil fuels, as if it is the sole responsibility these nations.