Jamshedpur : Forty seven -year-old Thumpu Murmu, son of late Tara Murmu, a resident of Bhadodih in Bodam block was killed after being hit by a dumper coming from behind near Dimna lake road.
The local people then blocked the Dimna Lake Road connecting city with Patamda-Bodam and Bandgaon area of Bengal by placing trees on the road.
Bodam BDO, Sunil Kumar Prajapati intervened and asked the owner of the vehicle, Ujjwal Kumar Singh, a native of Chaibasa (in neighbouring West Singhbhum district) finally agreed to pay to the deceased family a cash amount of Rs 2 lakh and written assurance to pay further Rs 50,000 to the family members.
Meanwhile traffic police also cite rising and absence of median on many stretches among the major reasons for the increase in the number of accidents.
For motorists, the inadequate illumination especially at night adds to the challenges posed by congestion on the road as a result of the movement of heavy vehicles.
K. Balan, a resident of Mango, said barring some portions areas of Mango lacks street illumination. “Like me hundreds of two-wheeler riders depend on their vehicle’s headlight, which is not enough. The glare from headlights of the oncoming vehicles compounds the problems,” he said.
Residents of many localities along the road said they often run the risk of accidents at narrow stretches due to the poor illumination.
“I vie for space with heavy vehicles and during night hours, I have to ride with extra care.
I try to remember the stretches with potholes that I negotiated in the morning as in the evening they are not properly visible,” said Sheeba, a resident of Jawaharnagar.