180 killed in 130 road crashes during Eid journeys: Nirapad Sarak Chai
As many as 185 people were killed and 355 wounded in 135 accidents across the country during the Eid journeys, said a report by Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa).
Among these, 180 were killed and 344 wounded in 130 road crashes alone.
The report was presented at a press conference by Nirapad Sarak Chai at the Maulana Akram Khan Hall of National Press Club on Saturday.
Road crashes increased along the Khulna and Jashore region according to Nisch.
There was hardly any traffic congestion at the districts on the eastern part of the country as three bridges along the Dhaka-Chattogram route were opened, it further stated.
It added railway passengers also suffered a lot due to the disruption in the train schedule.
Road crash scenario have turned alarming, said Nischa advisor Aiyubur Rahman who was a former chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).
He pointed out that that the road management was monitored prior to the Eid, but it was not followed up after the occasion.
Former BRTA chairman said the drivers turned reckless in absence of monitoring. He also lamented the plying of unfit vehicles.
Nischa identified that the reckless driving is the main reason behind the road accidents.
Nischa surveyed national dailies, online news portals, news agencies and TV reports between 10 and 18 August for preparing the report. The report was presented by Nischa Acting Secretary General Mr. Liton Arshad in the absence of its Chairman Ilias Kanchan who is away from the country for performing Hajj