The Government is working on four Es of road safety Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Care to reduce the number of road accidents and associated fatalities by 50 percent in the next few years, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said here today.Mr Gadkari today flagged off the Road Safety Walk from India Gate here in presence of Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajpathi Raju and Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.
Every year five lakhs accidents take place on Indian roads and out of that 1.5-lakh lose their lives. It is even more unfortunate that there is a 4.6 percent increase in the incidents of road accidents this year (2016) than the previous year,” the Minister said.
In order to make things better and make roads safer, the Government was working on multiple things including road engineering, road signage, create safe barriers and build cement concrete roads, Mr Gadkari said.He informed that the work of rectification of identified accident black spots was on in full swing and an amount of Rs 11,000-crore had been set aside for this purpose. He also called upon the people to report to the Ministry of any spot where frequent road accidents takes place so that steps could be taken to rectify the engineering defects.
Flyovers, underpasses, crash barriers, rumble strips and traffic signages were being put up in an appropriate manner to bring down road accidents, the Minister said. Mr Gadkari expressed hope that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment ) Bill which is with the Parliamentary Standing Committee for examination would be passed by Parliament in its next session.Referring to the Good Samaritans Guidelines issued by the Ministry, he called upon people to come forward to help accident victims so that prompt intervention and emergency care could save precious lives. Read More…