29 January 2020
Berhampur: Anwesha and her 40-year-old mother Sanghamitra Mahapatra were travelling to her maternal grandparents' house in Berhampur for a wedding which was scheduled this week. However, little did the child know that her wishes to enjoy the marriage function would be culled by a tragedy.
The mother-daughter duo had boarded the bus from Rayagada to Berhampur but their bodies reached the town instead as the vehicle skidded off a bridge and overturned near Taptapani Ghat. It was a heart-wrenching scene at MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur, as Anwesha's smiling face was speaking volumes.
The bus accident at Taptapani Ghat which claimed eight lives is one among such tragedies which unfold on our roads day in and day out. Eight persons, two males and six females lost their lives in the accident.
Every major accident follows, blame-game, inquiries, police case, strategy to minimise road mishap deaths and much more. But the tragedies continue and families are shattered.
As many as 18,683 people died in road accidents in the last four years in Odisha which means at least 4671 fatalities occur every year and 13 people are killed every day on roads in our State.
More than 80 per cent of the victims who embark on a journey for various reasons are killed in the middle of it through no fault of theirs, is as heart-wrenching, as it is devastating.
The smile flashing on Anwesha's face posed two pressing questions to the authorities - Who is responsible for these deaths and when will our roads be safe to travel?