Need concrete steps in six months to fix accident spots, says Nitin Gadkari

India accounts for one of the highest number of road accidents globally. About 1.5 lakh people are killed in 5 lakh road crashes.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 16, 2016 6:29 pm
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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today pulled up officials for slow pace of work to fix accident-prone spots and even warned them of strict action if concrete results do not come by within six months.

During a video conference with regional officers of NHAI and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Gadkari asked them to do the job on a “war-footing” to correct 786 black spots that see large casualties.

“Make detailed project reports more stringent by incorporating improved provisions of traffic signals, crash barriers and other safety features. Expedite land acquisition. Bring results. We cannot allow people getting killed on roads every day. Do not work on papers alone, visit spots,” the road transport and highways minister told officials.

Regionals officers of NHAI from Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other states attended the video conferencing. When officials brought to his notice that it was drunk driving and related issues that mostly lead to accidents, the minister asked them to correct road engineering designs, saying “reforms should be visible in six months”.

He also asked them to speed up land acquisition and utility shifting. “Our aim is to bring down accidents by 50 per cent. We see 500 deaths in road crashes every day, which does not happen in even wards and epidemics,” the minister said while briefing the media later.

For good measure, Gadkari said regional officials will be given more power so that it leads to better execution of policies. As many as 786 accident black spots have been identified across the country and the ministry has a target to fix these at an estimated Rs 11,000 crore, including Rs 2,000 crore through road engineering.

The list has been drawn up based on data provided by various states covering such spots under their jurisdiction. The ministry will rope in international engineers to improve road design so that mishaps can be minimised.

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India accounts for one of the highest number of road accidents globally. About 1.5 lakh people are killed in 5 lakh road crashes here annually that leave 3 lakh maimed. The cost of such accidents is estimated at 3 per cent of GDP.

The government has already come up with a national action plan aimed at reducing road accidents by half by 2020. Also, the proposed Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2016, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in the just-concluded session, has several provisions of road safety, including stringent penalties for those violating traffic norms.

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  1. Harry Achari
    Aug 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    90% of roads are ping through living area. It means people crosses often. When there is a good road people drive fast. Roads are being made but there are no crossing tunnel or bridges for pedestrians at every junction. There are no speed limiting boards. There is no expanded regulations teaching to the drivers. Are there enough elevated footpath for pedestrians ?. In western countries percentage of road accidents are low, because there are fundamental road rule they have to learn. That is the toughest ones. People needs learn 1014 traffic situations by heart whereas only 50 questions and allowed only 5 mistakes. Who goes first? Then to learn how one behave with vehicles along with instructor or examinations. Some times to p the exam people spend more money than buying a new car. Learning is often more expensive than a new car. . According to the rule when a driver kills a man with vehicle he is a murderer. Although a pedestrian violates rule driver is not allowed to hit him. Driving is a responsibility. Then the second part learning to controle the vehicles. Most of the accidents occures in those roads of two way traffic. Overtaking and hit the wagon coming from opposite direction is the most occured accidents. There must be dividers. Without foot path or no walkable ones people walk through on the left sides so that vehicle hit them from behind. They always must walk on the right side. There must speed limiting boards be installed. It should be 50 km per hour where there are not enough crossing tunnels or bridges. In fact, it is very simple. We are third world country without any change. Declare the present driving licence invalid drivers must take a new western model licence. The we will see accident comes down by 90%. How to fecilitate all these must come from central and state governments.