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Speed indeed kills and nine students of CVSR Engineering College, Hyderabad had to find out the hard way.

On 9th March 2009, six students of CVSR Engineering college took off on a drive on the scenic Hyderabad – Warangal highway in an Opel Corsa. Driving at breakneck speed resulted in fatal consequences for the group, as their car crashed into the divider and somersaulted to the other side of the road, where an oncoming tipper collided with it, dragging the car and its passengers along several feet. Four of the students died instantaneously and the two others are severely disabled.

According to Inspector, Y Venkat Reddy of the Ghatkesar Police, the car’s tyre burst as a result of the high speed as they tried to overtake an APSRTC bus. While Venkat, Vinay, Ranganath and Dharmender died instantly, Sushanth and Hareesh suffered severe injuries. One of them ended up with a broken spinal cord and the other with major cranial damage.

Within two months of this gory incident, tragedy struck CVSR for the second time when two first year B.tech students. K. Kranthi and Suraj Kumar Sharma, riding pillion on a bike died after a lorry knocked their vehicle down at the same highway. Their classmate, Shaik Soudh, who was riding along with them, escaped with minor injuries. All of them were aged about 20 years. They were apparently trying to overtake a three-wheeler when they collided with the lorry. The accident spot was barely two kilometers from their college. Hit by the lorry’s rear side, Kranthi and Sharma fell on the road. With deep wounds on their heads, death was instant for both of them while Soudh sustained minor injuries.

Shocked: Students of C.V.S.R College of Engineering grieving the loss of their college mates at Gandhi Hospital mortuary.

Shocked: Students of C.V.S.R College of Engineering grieving the loss of their college mates at Gandhi Hospital mortuary.

Kranthi was the only child, a beacon of hope of farmer Rajamouli, who hails from Dargah Kazjpet of Warangal district. It was a deep shock for the family members, who wanted to see their son as an engineer. “For whom should I live after such a tragedy?” the father wept even as Kranthi’s classmates tried to console him.

It was a tragic loss for the college, more so for the friends and families of the victims. To curb such incidents in the future, in what it assumed was an appropriate move, the college management banned two and four wheelers in the college premises. An obviously hasty move, which was met with an outcry from the student body, which thinks there are better ways of dealing with the situation than dictating the students choice of transport.

A potential solution could be to make sure that the students traveling on two and four wheelers to college had the authority to do so by checking licenses of the students. There is also an immediate need to organize road safety drills and classes to inform the students of the dangers they could be facing. Instead neither the management nor the student body budges to move and get things done.

An overhead view of the present parking scenario outside the college campus.

An overhead view of the present parking scenario outside the college campus.

“Whats wrong with this management? Whats the whole point of banning two and four wheelers to college when they should be teaching us how to be careful?” says M.N. Sandeep, a third year student of the college, obviously very frustrated by the lack of effective safety measures to prevent such incidents in the future.  Many of the students echoed his views when asked if the ban was the right move. “The management is just making us repent for their mistakes, which I find weird! Moreover, most of them just park their vehicles outside the campus now, where the management cant do nothing”, says Sabarish, another third year student from the college.

With the management firmly standing by its decision and the students rebelling against what they perceive as a move to limit their choices and dictate terms to them, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on a more pressing matter: a remedy, a solution, a preventive measure. Including good traffic sense and safety habits appears nowhere in the picture. While the battle of the management and students brews on over the fire of uncertainity and lack of a consensus, we urge the youth to be safe and not to look for cheap thrills.

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