RANGIYA, April 20 - Road accidents are on rise on National Highway 31 through Rangiya here, which has resulted in a number of casualties as well major injuries to many people in the last couple of days.
With the four-lane construction works almost over, the common people�s suspicion that the open roads would lead to reckless driving by many drivers has come true, with quite a few accidents occurring, resulting in the loss of many innocent lives including those of school children.
Recently one Rajani Kalita of Nalbari succumbed to his injuries and four others were seriously injured at the IOC depot point when a Scorpio vehicle hit the deceased�s bike. In another incident, two youths � Pankaj Deka and Sanjib Deka were injured seriously, in which the latter lost one of his legs when their bike was hit by a speeding truck coming from the opposite side. Other similar cases have also occurred in the area on the NH-31 in the last few days.
Following the high speed driving menace, commuters and passersby on the national highway are passing hours filled with tension, fearing for their lives, as the drivers give no time to them to cross the road. Parents of those school going children, who have to cross the national highway to reach their schools, face extreme risk, as on most occasions at places like Kendukona, Moranjana, Society Chowk, Highway Chowk, the road is choc-a-bloc with speeding vehicles and the commuters find it tough to cross the road. It needs to be mentioned here that traffic policemen have reportedly not been deployed at all at those vulnerable points to control the burgeoning traffic, by the concerned police administration. The public of Kendukona and neighbouring areas have jointly urged the district police administration to take necessary steps for early deployment of traffic police personnel at all these locations so that accidents could be averted and unruly drivers are controlled to some extent.