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Casualties due to road mishaps on rise in State

Bhubaneswar: The state witnessed a rise in the number of casualties due to road accidents in first three months of this year, informed Transport Commissioner Madhusudan Padhi today.

The number of deaths has gone up by 14% in the first three months, he added after a review meeting on road safety chaired by chief secretary at the State Secretariat here.

“In the first three months of the year, the number of deaths in road mishaps has increased to 169, which is 14% more than that of last year. The rate of road accidents in 10 districts of the State including Kandhamal and Gajapati is higher than that of the State average, which is a matter of major concern,” Padhi said.

The Supreme Court had directed all States to ensure 10 percent decrease in mishaps by 2020.  So, the chief secretary has been holding discussion with Collectors at regular interval via video conference, he informed.

“Police stations have been authorised to control road mishaps. 5,000 driving licences were suspended for traffic rules violations. All the police stations have been asked to collect fine from the violators through e-challans with a view to bring in more transparency in the system. It will also help the police verify details of the driver,” Padhi pointed out.

The meeting was attended by DGP RP Sharma and twin city police commissioner YB Khurania and secretaries of various departments. Collectors were also present through video conferencing.

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