Cardiologist’s wife writes to PM, seeks an ‘improved’ Motor Vehicles Act

No improvements have been made even to the road and pavement in front of the housing complex where the accident took place, Jyoti said.

Written by Siddhartha Gupta | New Delhi | Published: June 8, 2014 2:55 am
Jyoti Gupta with her eight-month-old child next to a photograph of her husband and daughter. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna) Jyoti Gupta with her eight-month-old child next to a photograph of her husband and daughter. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Jyoti Gupta, who watched as her husband, Medanta cardiologist Pankaj Gupta, and their four-year-old daughter, Liveshiya, were run over by a Haryana Roadways Bus on April 21, has written to the Prime Minister’s Office, seeking an “improved” Motor Vehicles Act (1988).

“The day Pankaj died, nine other accidents were reported. I just want to make sure that what happened with me does not happen to someone else. The only law governing road safety in India, the Motor Vehicles Act (1988), has not been effective and the amendment proposed in 2012 does not solve the problems faced by vehicles on Indian roads,” she said.

In her letter to the PMO, Jyoti has sought that amendments are made to include provisions for mandatory road safety education, transparent and efficient process for getting a license, increased enforcement on the roads and protection of children, pedestrians and cyclists during commute.

Jyoti, who lives with her mother and brother in her rented house in Gurgaon, also has an 8-month-old daughter. According to her, she has not received any compensation from the government.

“No improvements have been made even to the road and pavement in front of the housing complex where the accident took place,” she said.

However, she said, there are others who have gone out of their way to help her after her husband’s death. Among them, is chairman and MD of Medanta, Dr Naresh Trehan, who, she said, had offered her a job with the hospital administration.

“The principal of DPS, Gurgaon, Aditi Misra, has visited me several times and has offered me a job as a teacher in her school,” Jyoti said.

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