SRINAGAR — In the last six years, more than 2,000 people have lost their lives in different road accidents in rural areas of Jammu division despite the authorities collecting crores of rupees in fine from erring drivers.
According to the city traffic police, Jammu, nearly 2178 people have lost their lives in the city from March 2015 to March 2021.
In a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by the activist M M Shuja, the police have said that they have recovered more than Rs 4 crore through court challans and nearly Rs 24 Crore through compound challans during this period.
“Rs 4,57,48,671 court challans and Rs 23,59,83,924 compound challans have been recovered from violators as fine in the jurisdiction of traffic department Jammu city from March 2015 to March 2021,” the reply reads.
The Public Information Officer (PIO) has also said, “There are 321 traffic police personnel deployed in Jammu city for the regulation of the traffic.”
“At least 203 traffic awareness programmes have been organized in different schools, colleges and other educational institutes in Jammu city by this unit during the year 2015 to March 2021 to create a sense of awareness among the people,” reads the RTI reply.
Stating the annual budgetary allocations, the PIO has said that during 2017-18, a total of Rs 1,30,000 budget was allotted for organizing the traffic awareness programs in Jammu city, followed by the year 2018-19 with Rs 50,000. In the year 2019-20 and 2020-21, Rs 1,00,000 was also allotted respectively. (KNO)