BANIYANI, August 17: Despite the lockdown imposed several times to contain coronavirus, the number of road accidents grew by threefold in Jhapa district.
Assistant Sub-Inspector at District Traffic Police Office, Yam Kumar Khadka, informed that the number of accidents rose by threefold as private vehicles were allowed to operate even during the lockdown period.
In the fiscal year 2076/77, the district had recorded only 231 accidents, which claimed the lives of 62 persons. This, however, surged to 657 in the fiscal year 2077/78 where 93 people lost their lives. Similarly, 276 persons were injured in the road accidents in the fiscal year 2076/77. This increased to 1,065 in the fiscal year 2077/78.
Meanwhile, the District Traffic Police Office, Jhapa collected revenue of over Rs 36.9 million in fines. As many as 53,100 vehicles including bus, truck, car, motorcycle were fined for violating traffic rules in the last fiscal year.