BMTC bus accidents – A fact of life or something to do about
The report in the Monday issue of Times of India about yet another person getting killed by a BMTC bus caught my attention. It was the typical news piece, picture of the boy who had been killed, pictures of damaged BMTC busses & some startling statistics. What is the reader’s typical reaction to a news piece like this? Read it, feel sorry for the people affected & move to the next page.
I wondered has everybody begun to accept something like that as a simple fact of life. It was an accident. It can just happen whatever one can do to prevent it, it can just happen. Is that how it really is. We all feel sorry, the people around the spot of the accident react angrily, stone the other BMTC busses sometimes burn them. Then what?
What can one do after all about it? Are the concerned people doing something about it? Is the BMTC doing something about it? What can they do? Train & sensitize all bus drivers to the hazards involved & teach all possible ways to avoid them. May be put more busses on the road to ensure the existing busses are not rushing from one stop to another in order to do a certain number of rounds. Bring in some strict road discipline authorities who have the latest gizmos & a sharp eye to spot any deviation in any form that could not only at one extreme cause accidents but also cause inconvenience to the others on the road.
What where when why how – who is asking all these questions out there? Anybody, anybody at all?
Today a life is lost just like that. It makes news just like that & is forgotten just like that. And then after sometime it repeats again. And then the same reactions.
Only hope the concerned authorities who matter are also not in a reaction mode. Hope instead they are putting in place systems, checks, procedures to prevent such incidents from repeating.