Extending a helping hand

Valuable Insight

Pensive: Praveen Sood and Chiranjiv Singh at the screening.

People don’t have time to think about the exceeding number of accidents on the streets of Bangalore. But the statistics of road accidents in the City over the last few years disturbed a software engineer called Amit Mitra to such extent that he decided to capture the severity of the accidents and its aftermath on his camera.

This resulted in a documentary on road accidents, Lives Lost and Saved, which is the story of people who strive everyday to save lives on the streets of Bangalore. The screening of the film was held recently in the City in the presence of Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police-Traffic and Chiranjiv Singh, former Additional Chief Secretary of Karnataka.

“I have been living in the City for the last six years. Still, I am not used to the chaos of Bangalore traffic. When you are in traffic, especially on a two wheeler, there is no guarantee of reaching home safely. And the facts about accidents were horrifying. I could not remain silent after coming across the shocking statistics. So, I started working on this film which I will dedicate to the paramedical staff and traffic police who struggle day and night to save valuable lives,” says Amit Mitra.

The duration of the film is 18 minutes and Amit had taken almost a year to complete it. After watching the film, Praveen Sood analysed the causes for road accidents in the City. “While riding, be safe rather than fast. We don’t have control over infrastructure but we can control our  behaviour on road. People normally blame the bad state of the roads for accidents. But it is really unfortunate that some of the best roads in the City have turned out to be accident-prone. Now, we should ask ourselves whether we deserve good infrastructure,” says Praveen Sood.

The film educates people to be more responsible on roads and sheds light on the efforts of paramedical staff in the golden hour after road mishaps to prevent casualty.

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