Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, September 13
The state has reported 8,211 accidents in the last two months (July 1-September 7) and Ludhiana, with 1,280 cases, has topped the chart, followed by Patiala (856) and Mohali (560). Comparing the data with the corresponding period in 2020, Ludhiana reported 650 accidents against 749 in 2019; Patiala 495 in 2020 and 670 in 2019; and Mohali 358 in 2020 and 363 in 2019.
The number of accidents reported in 2020 was less due to Covid-induced lockdown. All these cases were assisted by 108 emergency ambulance services.
Saikat Mukherjee, Project Head, Ziqitza Healthcare, Ambulance 108, said Ludhiana reported the highest accidental cases in the last two months. “Our staff ensured that all victims were admitted to hospital in time and were given medical support.”
Dr Kamaljeet Singh Soi, member of National Road Safety Council, said damaged roads and poor drainage system were main reasons for the rising number of accidents.
“We don’t have rain water drainage system in Ludhiana and roads are in bad shape. During monsoon, roads are waterlogged almost all the time and in some places potholes remain filled with water, posing health risks too. Whenever a car/ two-wheeler drives through such pool of water at high speed, drivers lose control, resulting in accidents,” he added.
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