Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said that better and faster roads are resulting in fatal accidents across the state.
“The roads in Bihar are better than before and people were driving at higher speeds,” Sushil Kumar Modi had said, according to a Hindustan Times report.
The Bihar Deputy Chief Minister made this remark in Purnia, nearly 360-km northeast of state capital Patna.
Modi apparently said that “good and faster roads” in the state are to be blamed for rising road accidents.
Modi said this while speaking to reporters after visiting the house of a woman, in Narpatganj in neighbouring Araria district, who was among five people killed in a fatal accident on Monday.
Stating reason for the accident, Modi said that the bus driver failed to check the speed and the vehicle hit the JCB machine on national highway 57 in Araria, resulting in the death of five people.
“Such accidents are increasing as the roads of Bihar have become much better. But the government is very much concerned and it will soon come up with safety rules to rein in speed and discipline drivers,” he assured.
He also informed that the Bihar government has allocated Rs 17,000 crore in the state budget to improve the road infrastructure.
The state government plans to open six mega bridges soon, he added.
At least nine students of a government school in Muzaffarpur were killed when a speeding SUV ran them over while they were crossing NH-77 on February 25.
Earlier, 10 people were killed and 35 others injured on the outskirts of Patna when a private bus carrying a marriage party overturned on the Patna-Gaya state highway on February 19.