In 5 Years, 4.4 Lakh New Vehicles Hit J&K Roads

In 5 Years, 4.4 Lakh New Vehicles Hit J&K Roads

2 March 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Arteev Sharma

Jammu: The pace of registration of new vehicles seems to be accelerating in the state as nearly 4.4 lakh new vehicles have been registered in the state during the last five years. The total vehicle population of the state has touched 10 lakh. Much to the common man’s disappointment, the roads have not kept pace with the increasing vehicles over the years resulting in frequent traffic snarls and congestion on roads and subjecting motorists to great hardships. The voluminous increase in vehicles and poor condition of roads have increased the number of fatal road accidents in the state with over 5,500 people having been killed in road mishaps in the past five years. If one goes through the official figures, there has been a steady growth in the vehicular population in J&K to the tune of 10 to 12 per cent every year. “During 2009-10, a total of 69,132 new vehicles comprising 43,289 in Jammu region and 25,843 in Kashmir division were registered with the Transport Department realising the revenue of Rs 2.19 crore on account of registration of vehicles. The number of vehicles registered in 2010-11 was 80,516, including 48,810 in Jammu and 31,706 in Kashmir and the revenue realised on this account was Rs 3 crore,” official sources said. “Similarly, a total of 98,805 new vehicles, including 54,301 in Jammu and 44,504 in Kashmir, hit the roads in 2011-12 and the transport realised Rs 3.14 crore from registration fee,” the sources said. “In 2012-13, the total number of new vehicles registered across the state was 1,03,888 comprising 60,062 in Jammu region and 43,826 in Kashmir division and the department realised Rs 3.33 crore on account of registration, while a total of 87,608 vehicles were registered in the state during 2013-14 till December 2013. The department realised Rs 2.94 crore on account of registration of vehicles for the period,” the source said. A senior Transport official said the growth rate of vehicles was 10.34 per cent in 2009-10 which went up to 12 per cent in 2012-13. “Roads are yet to catch up with the increase in the number of vehicles, which has resulted into chaotic situation across the state. Frequent traffic snarls have become the order of the day and the government will have to formulate a comprehensive plan to deal with this precarious situation,” the official said.