Deadly Roads: Srinagar records 1689 accidents with 225 deaths in last five years

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Official data shows 1739 people were injured since 2018

Jahangir Sofi

Srinagar, Jan 25: An average 337 accidents in a year claimed 45 people in Srinagar, showed official data.

According to the figures accessed and reviewed by the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Srinagar witnessed 1689 accidents with 225 fatalities from 2018 till November 2022.

The official figures state that a total of 1739 people were injured in accidents in Srinagar during the period with June 2022 recording the highest number of fatalities comprising 11 deaths, and 39 injuries in 40 accidents.

The official data showed that 2018 recorded 375 accidents which resulted in 46 deaths and 383 injuries.

The subsequent year, which was marked with lockdown for months together after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, recorded 310 accidents which resulted in the death of 45 persons and 323 injuries.

The year 2020 recorded 275 accidents of which 45 deaths were reported and 275 injuries.

The year 2021 recorded 331 accidents with 40 deaths and 347 injuries while the year 2022 till November witnessed a spike and recorded 398 accidents in which 49 fatalities and 411 injuries were reported.

Srinagar has been witnessing a spike in bike stunts by youngsters, underage driving besides other traffic violations. Srinagar Traffic Police said that they started a series of awareness programmes to sensitize youth towards adhering the traffic rules.

Last week, the Traffic Police authorities said that they are conducting a study on accidents in Srinagar and have so far identified some ‘black spots’ witnessing frequent mishaps. The report will be submitted to DC Srinagar—(KNO)