very individual wants to reach some place in the shortest possible time. Those driving cars speed past their way, bikers inch pass each other on the crowded streets and even the pedestrians seem to be in some unimaginable, immeasurable hurry. This hurry is leading to an increase in the number of accidents on our roads. The urban center of Srinagar which is geographically not an accident prone zone sees a great number of accidents because of the greed of its inhabitants-the unsatiated thirst to reach somewhere in the shortest possible time.
This mad rush to outrun each other was not present in the earlier times and people respected the right on road which others had. These days people do not give two hoots about traffic rules and can sneak in the lanes from left, right and center. In fact, there are people who happily give fines multiple times over but would not abide by rules. The mutual respect that the citizens had for each other is now gone and it has been taken over by competition, animosity and a rat race to chase our materialistic pursuits.
One can understand the accidents which happen on our highlands like Kishtawar, Doda and Poonch. However, how would one justify the accidents happening in the supposedly accident-free Srinagar city.
The authorities have been way too lax in giving away licenses to unqualified drivers and the result is there for all to see. Besides, the condensation of all major offices in a short space is also leading to many of the accidents. We still have the same roads today as we had in the times of Maharaja Hari Singh-very small road length has been added ever since.
We hope things change for better and people realize that other people also have a right to road as much as they do.