J&K mandates CCTV in vehicles after tragic Doda accident


In response to the tragic road accident in Doda district that claimed 37 lives and injured 19 passengers, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has enforced a mandate requiring the installation of CCTV cameras in all passenger vehicles, particularly matadors and buses. This initiative is aimed at bolstering safety measures and closely monitoring transportation activities.
Deputy Commissioner Harvinder Singh, who serves as the chairman of the District Road Safety Committee (DRSC) and Regional Transport Authority (RTA), conducted a meeting at the mini-conference hall of the DC office in Doda to assess the traffic worthiness of road infrastructure, transportation facilities, and overall commuter safety.
During the meeting, Singh issued directives making it mandatory for every passenger vehicle to display essential information, including PCR and traffic toll-free numbers, driver and vehicle details, and the authorized speed limit for the respective road. He also stressed the installation of speed governors in all passenger vehicles to prevent reckless driving and overspeeding, contributing to a safer road environment.
The recent bus accident in Doda, where at least 37 people lost their lives and 19 were injured, prompted these safety measures. An audit of Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulances in the district was also mandated to ensure prompt emergency response.
Deputy Commissioner Singh expressed concern over the alarming statistics related to road safety, with 257 accidents and 112 casualties recorded since July 2022. The meeting acknowledged the urgency of improving road safety, leading to crucial decisions.
To address potential hazards, the DRSC will identify black spots with less than 100 meters of visibility and conduct a road safety audit within 20 days. The installation of speed limit signboards, crush barriers with glow tape along roads, and the setup of small traffic booths, CCTV cameras, and Cats Eye equipment were emphasized to enhance safety measures.
DC Singh directed the Assistant Commissioner to identify first responders/volunteers near black spots and provide them with basic training in rescue, CPR, and first aid through SDRF trainers. The Border Roads Organization (BRO), Public Works Department (PWD), and PMGSY authorities were instructed to ensure the readiness of snow-cutter machines and other logistics for the immediate opening of roads during the upcoming winter season.