The Haryana police and State Transport Authority challaned more than 9.6 lakh vehicles for various traffic violations,in the first six months of this year.
Replying to a calling attention notice raised by Sampat Singh,a Congress legislator,which was clubbed with another calling attention notice pertaining to the issue of road accidents in the state by party MLA BB Batra,Parliamentary Affairs Minister,Randeep Singh Surjewala said,As many as 2,592 people died and 5,284 injured in 5,674 road accidents in Haryana this year till July.
In 2008,as many as 4,494 people were killed in road accidents. Last year it was 4,561,he said. From January 1 to June 30,as many as 14,674 drivers were challaned for drunken driving,1,76,677 for driving without helmet,95,069 for driving without seat belt and 8,238 for talking on mobile phones while driving,Surjewala said.
He said 1,170 accident prone points on the roads in the state have been identified and necessary steps been initiated to prevent mishaps at these points.
Mining in Aravalli soon: Minister
The process of resumption of mining operations in Aravalli hills in the districts of Mahendergarh,Rewari and Dadri sub division of Bhiwani district has been initiated,Haryanas Mines and Geology Minister,Paramvir Singh said on Tuesday.
Replying to a question asked by Aftab Ahmed during the Question Hour in the Assembly,Paramvir Singh said Expressions of Interest had already been invited for empanelment of mining agencies following a process of pre-qualification based on a pre-determined criteria.
It was also proposed to invite competitive bids limited to the pre-qualified agencies in these areas,which is likely to be completed by October-November 2012,he said.
However,actual mining operations will commence only after prior environmental clearances were
obtained by the highest
bidders from the competent authority,Singh said.
As far as resumption of mining in the districts of Faridabad,Gurgaon and Mewat is concerned,he said the matter was still pending before the Supreme Court.
A Central Empowered Committee constituted by the Supreme Court had already filed a report after detailed deliberations with the state government. However,a final decision on these reports was still awaited,he added.