The recent new Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019, put forward by the road transport & highways ministry as a resolution to reduce road fatalities and its related upheaval was a well-thought-out action taken by the union government towards smooth, free and zero-accident roads.
However, it seems like the provisions implemented have had very minute effect in our state, the so-called ‘land of khushi marji’. Here laws don’t have the effect that they ought to have, and the people tend to make and mend laws to suit their conveniences.
The recent order of the capital complex DC on price regulation on meat items very much manifests the situation, as, despite the order, some items are still being sold at the same high prices.
The road condition of our twin capital is dire, with large potholes and dust and smoke, which need immediate attention from the government. The situation has been worsened with potholes being filled up with mud. It not only makes the road rough and bumpy but also blinds the commuters, especially two-wheeler riders. It is literally impossible to drive on the dusty and bumpy road. It’s like gambling with life and death in order to reach one’s destination.
On top of it, it is still more dangerous when so-called VIPs, the ‘people’s representatives’, with their sirens on make a full swift entrance into the already congested and terrible roads, making their way out through the traffic as fast as possible, as if they were racing in an F1 race. This is a serious concern to be considered, as it leaves us vulnerable to collisions and accidents.
Our representatives, the so-called ‘VIPs’, needs to heed it. They might not be aware of it as they are under their hi-fi comfy air-conditioned cars and are far from experiencing it, but we have to experience it whenever we step out of our house. It’s high time they understood their responsibility.
They might have failed to provide us with good roads, but they must not endanger the lives of commoners. They have been elected to make our lives better, not to suffocate us with dust fumes; they have been elected to lead us on the right way, not to mislead us towards reckless driving.
We understand their busy schedules and important meetings and engagements, but it should not be at the cost of public lives.