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The other victims, Nagarik



The air of official nonchalance that followed the tragic bus accident in Sindhuli this week once again reminded us how disposable the life of a Nepali citizen has become. Besides short-term public memory about road safety, what is even more disappointing is the insensitivity shown by the state.

The loss of 41 lives is by no means just an "accident". Had it been an air crash, it would have made it to the headlines and the editorials. Compensating victims and the families would be at the top of the agenda. A high-level inquiry commission would have been set up immediately to probe the disaster, as was in the case of the Buddha Air Beechcraft crash on Lalitpur's Kot Danda on 25 September that killed all 19 on board.

But 48 hours since the Sindhuli bus tragedy, the government is yet to find out what caused it. Social inequity plagues even the government's treatment of tragedies. When a plane goes down, it makes international headlines and there is speculation about safety of Nepal's air traffic. But every day, Nepalis are putting their lives on the line in overcrowded buses on dangerous roads, and it fails to attract the government's concern other than a few token gestures.

Employers nor careless traffic police or the contractors that build substandard roads are punished. If the government feels for the common people of this country it must take loss of human lives seriously and help to make Nepal's roads safer. It can begin by probing into the Sindhuli tragedy and learning lessons from it.



1. R in Silgadhi, Doti
One simple thing that could be done to increase road safety is to teach people to walk on the RIGHT side of the road, if there is no pavement. That would most probably save the lives of some pedestrians every year!

Why walk on the RIGHT side of the road? Well, if you do, you will be able to see the vehicles approaching in the lane nearest to you. It would give you a chance to determine whether the driver has seen you or not, and to get out of the way if neccessary. It will also give the driver a chance to see whether you have seen him/her, and he/she can adapt the speed and distance accordingly. If you have the nearest traffic coming from behind it's very likely that the vehicles will use their horns, you turn around to see what it is- and when doing that "fall out" in the way of the vehicle. This is especially true for children. So, let's teach our kids to walk on the RIGHT side of the road.

The RIGHT side is the RIGHT side!

PS In most developed countries the kids are taught from very early age that walking on the opposite side, to the side where you are driving, is the safest!


2. Nagrik Samaj
Very simple answer why Government is insensitive to problems related to Air safety or Road Safety may be summarized under few points.
1, Creamy layer of society like President, prime Minister cabinet of Ministers,High ranking bureaucrats, diplomats all relatively very safe due to Personalized Vehicles as well as sorting team of traffic police during their journey.
2. No road safety social group formed to pressurized the Governmental line agencies or Government. Only few journalist write on this topics and high profile  concerned people donot read it. they are comfortable in their Dane.
3. Irresponsible attitude for future damage? Many report are aviliable to them but no ACTION?


3. Daniel Gajaraj
The then government after the 1st Jan Andolan wanted a show-case in Kathmandu and then Singha Durbar was opened with a ring road or a .periphery road It has been a great blessing.
If this government headed by an architect can be bold enough ,let it come forward with a four lane road and a cycle track all around Naranhiti Durbar. It will be an example of Kathmandu ,the Federal Capital of New(?) Nepal Beautified.
 Remove the walls of Narananhiti b about 15 mtsNaranhiti Durbar has enough land to spare for its use and can be of use to the benefit of the Citzens of Kathmandu   and visitors to Kathmandu.


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