Only a few people have not been informed about the tragedy of December 25 morning on the Ahvaz-Khorramshahr Road. An accident killed 10 and 14 injured at 7:15 AM on Saturday.
The accident between several passing cars was so horrible that in less than a few minutes, it spread over the media and internet of Iran and internationally and made Khorramshahr the first headline of the news.
The narrow, low-quality, and old road from Khorramshahr to Ahvaz is like an insatiable snake that continues to devour the lives of the people with peace of mind because of the irresponsibility and carelessness of local and national officials.
If we want to look a little more carefully, it is not bad to look at the list of users of this so-called road:
Sugarcane Cultivation and Industry Company, manpower and equipment of oil fields located along the route, permanent transit of goods and equipment to and from Khorramshahr port, route Transportation of Rahian-e Noor to war zones of the Iran-Iraq war, the main route to the Arbaeen ceremony in Iraq according to the Shalamcheh border, the route connects the Arvand Free Economic and Trade Zone to the country, the main road for sending troops and military equipment to the borders, the transit route to Iraq and finally it is the passage of residents and citizens of the two cities and surrounding villages.
With so much traffic on this road, while most of them are related to the regime self, it is a bit strange while the regime is not improving the quality of this road connecting Khorramshahr to Ahvaz!
The road, part of which was destroyed by floods, part of which is unsafe due to its location next to the Naseri Wetland, part of which lacks any markings, rail guards, and even standard traffic signs.
Dangerous enough because it is next to the railway and has been damaged by the scorching heat of Khuzestan without any change or repair or even significant improvement.
The guidance for the passing cars at night is only the moonlight and the lights of other passing cars and even during the day it lacks an emergency station or roadside assistance let alone at night.
A road that is busy all year round but suffers from a lack of attention and a sense of responsibility by the regime’s officials.
During these years how many families mourned because of losing one or more of their members. How many travelers have never reached their destination?
How many children have been orphaned and how many people have been disabled? These are simple questions that any of the regime’s officials and its industrial and commercial beneficiaries of this narrow path could answer very easily by googling the internet. Maybe they would then find a little more the feel of responsibility.
What is less noticed is the number of officials who had no interest in or in the most optimistic case have not been able to do anything to improve the quality of this death road.
These seemingly accidental deaths are a disgrace for the regime’s road management, the governor, and the representatives of these two cities, who all these years failed to force the ministries of oil and Roads and Urban Development, the High Council of Free Zones, and even the sugarcane industry to widen at least part of this road.
The contracts made over the past years by the regime’s governors in Khuzestan to widen this death road remained on paper so that this road is taking every day new lives.
The end of construction projects in Iran has become so unreachable that people, generation after generation are passing over their stories to their children and wish them to see the end of the projects. In the hope that no new lives would be taken on the country’s death.
It is worth noting that this road is not the only death road in Iran, and there are many more and even worse. One of them is the Reigan-Normashir axis in the east of Kerman province with a length of 45 km which is known as the road of death too.