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Choudwar Bus Accident: 3-Member Team To Probe


22 January 2019

Bikash Sharma


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Cuttack: As the bus named ‘Nilakantha’ met with an accident near Kajalakana square at Choudwar on Monday morning in which two persons were killed while four others sustained injuries, a three member committee is set up to probe the mishap.

Talking to the media persons, Cuttack RTO-cum-1st Appellate Authority Er Dipti Ranjan Patra: “I have not ordered for an enquiry. As per the directive of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, in the wake of any road accident and within 48 hours of the case registered in any police station, a three-member committee will probe into the mishap. The committee comprises Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI), the concerned Investigating Officer (IO) and the concerned engineer of the road on which the accident occurred.” “They would probe on why did the accident occur, and what are the circumstances responsible for the tragedy. They also take into account the condition of the road and give a report within 48 hours. The report will then be submitted to the Transport Commissioner.”

Regarding the vehicle which met the accident, he clarified, “The bus has fitness certificate, valid insurance papers, valid tax and permit. We do not have proper information regarding the driver and his licence as he absconded. We have asked for his information to Choudwar PS. Action will be taken after enquiry.”

Asked on the much needed awareness programme over the increased accidents, he said, “We have continuous awareness programmes on road safety and hold meetings of District Road Safety Committee in which the analysis of the accidents are done. After the proper analysis, the proposed rectifications are then recommended and shared with the concerned departments, be it NH, Transport or PWD. Further it is also reviewed from time to time District Road Safety Chairman and District Collector.”

The RTO shared, “The proposed speed for heavy vehicles is 50 kms on national highways. Though the exact speed of the concerned bus will be known only after the enquiry, the prima facie evidence shows that it while it overtook another vehicle; it sped over a heap of sand which caused the accident. We will enquire as to how the sand reached there, was there any sign of ‘Work in Progress’ before the sand heap or any sort of barricade was present or not. The lacking prospects will be completed on war footing basis by the concerned executing agencies.”

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Dipti Ranjan Patra, RTO, Cuttack