Road mishaps increase to an alarming level

22 people die and 1,083 sustain injuries in 754 traffic accidents


​ Our Correspondent February 06, 2020
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QUETTA: The increasing number of road accidents during the past few months in Balochistan needs special attention of the government.

According to statistics provided by Medical Emergency Response Centre Balochistan, 754 road accidents took place during October 22, 2019 to February 1, 2020 in which 22 passengers died and 1,083 sustained injuries.

The Bagh Bana Khuzdar Road has been termed the most dangerous for passengers where 197 accidents occurred in which one person died, while 261 were injured.

On Darkala Khuzdar Road, 160 traffic accidents happened claiming the lives of 11 people and injuring 226 others.

Meanwhile, two people died and 208 had been injured in 145 road mishaps on Lakpass Mastung Road.

On RCD Highway Kalat, 136 accidents occurred killing two passengers and injuring 224 others.

Three people were killed and 91 wounded in 70 road accidents on Koraro Khuzdar Road.

At least three people died and 13 had been wounded in 46 accidents on Tiyaro Lasbela National Highway.

Reckless driving, untrained drivers, single carriageway and smuggling of Iranian oil have reportedly been the cause of accidents on Balochistan highways.

Meanwhile, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said that a 2500km road will be constructed in the next few years in Balochistan which will include national highways.

Shahwani said that the government had initially allocated Rs500 million for the 700km-long Quetta-Karachi highway which will be constructed as a dual carriageway.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 6th, 2020.

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