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Groups protest WGH road mishaps; DC issues curbs on heavy vehicles

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From Our Correspondent

TURA, April 29: Peeved at the recent road accidents in Tura involving dumper trucks leading to two persons sustaining grievous injuries, local organisations resorted to a sit-in outside the Office of the West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner on Monday. This then prompted the district administration to issue a slew of strictures on the plying of heavy vehicles in the Municipal area.
The demonstration was staged by the ADE, FKJGP, FAF, AYWO, GSU and the Garo Hills United Labour Union.
“We had earlier submitted a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner, requesting that restrictions be put in place on heavy trucks entering the town area. Although there was no response from their side till the staging of this protest, we are happy that the order has finally been issued,” president of GSU, Zikku Balgra N Marak said after the protest.
As per the order, goods trucks carrying more than 9 MTs have been completely barred from entering the town area at all times, except with the permission of the district administration while those carrying loads under 9 MT can only ply through the town area between 9 pm to 6 am.
However, government vehicles, those used for official government works, tow trucks, public transport vehicles and other such essential vehicles are exempted from the order.
Meanwhile, private vehicles and two-wheelers have also been directed to adhere to traffic rules such as wearing helmets and seat belts, while strict warning has been issued against drunk-driving.
All violators of these traffic rules are to face stringent penalties and legal actions in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, the DC will evaluate the performance and progress of the compensation of victims of Hit and Run Motor Accidents Scheme 2022 in pursuance of Section 161 of the MV Act.
A Claims Enquiry Officer will also be nominated and he/she, along with the police, shall make efforts to ensure that the person entitled to seek compensation shall file their claims.

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