In the two-year-old case of a bus accident in Chamba district where 51 were killed and 40 were injured, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a fresh notice to the state transport department to know its compliance to suggestions.
In a notice issued on September 19, the NHRC asked the department to submit a report stating whether the transport body would comply with NHRC's suggestions.
The NHRC had suggested that the state install crash barriers along roads, repair black spots in time and constitute a committee of regional transport officers (RTO), sub- divisional magistrate (SDM) and an offcial from Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) to check the drivers' fitness before assigning them to diffcult routes.
NHRC had also asked the state who was responsible for the accident.
But, so far, neither have the suggestions been adopted nor have has a reply been filed by the SDM. On February 3, the NHRC had set a deadline of six months for the report. But, the state has failed to meet it.
Confirming the receipt of the NHRC's notice, a government official on condition of anonymity said, “A report will be sought from the department about NHRC's suggestions.”
The accident occurred on August 11, 2012, when 51 passengers were killed and 46 injured after an overcrowded private bus veered off the road and feel into 400-foot-deep gorge at Gangaala in Chamba district.
The 42-seater bus was carrying over 90 people, some of whom were travelling on the rooftop. Though rooftop travelling is banned, it is still prevalent in the state, especially in rural areas.