Organised public transport system stressed

IMPHAL, 13th Oct: While lack of organised public transport system in the state is one of the factors for inconveniences caused to public movement, letting lose domestic animals on the roads is another prime reason for causing road accidents in the state.
This was stated by retired transport commissioner and IDTRC advisor M Laxmikumar during the 16th Foundation Day celebration of Institute of Drivers’ Training and Research Centre (IDTRC), Manipur on Sunday
Speaking as chief guest of the function, Laxmikumar noted that cows and horses are also stakeholders of the street in the state and there had been many cases of death of cows and horses in road accidents. Rate of road accidents in the state increased due to letting astray domestic animals on the streets by owners, he pointed out while adding that random roaming of domestic animals on streets is not seen in foreign countries.
As in other states of India, the pace of urbanisation is going rapidly in the state too and number of vehicles has increased exponentially. In such a situation, lack of organised public transport system cause much inconvenience to public while moving on the road, he observed and stressed that state government should formulate an organised public transport system at the earliest for convenience of public.
Stating that IDTRC has been taking active role in road safety and creating awareness to public about traffic rules and regulation, Laxmikumar suggested that the institute should work closely with departments concerned and experts so as to strengthen its position. Government too need to take suggestions from the institute, he added.
Traffic SP Khoisnam Sarma, who was guest of honour of the function, said that it is for own safety that public must follow traffic rules and regulations strictly or else the losers will be only those riding/driving vehicle and innocent people working on the roads.
Institute’s member secretary Shantikumar Naorem, in his presidential speech, said that IDTRC was established in 2003 and it has been able to serve people for the past 16 years due to help extended by different departments and well-wishers.
On the occasion, nine people who work in different fields including Poknapham daily’s reporter B Devchandra Sharma were felicitated. Devchandra was presented best reporter award while IMPACT TV’s Raj Nongthombam was presented best anchor award. Recipients of other awards include Imphal West traffic police havildar S Sohadeva (best traffic-male), K Ranjita (best traffic-female), O Laibi (best auto driver), T Ibotombi (best instructor of IDTRC), N Shyama (best staff of IDTRC), S Kapur (best driver) and L Trilokchand (best performance).
IDTCR deputy director Dr David Elangbam and social scientist Dr Dhanabir Laishram also attended the event.

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