Govt. sets target of reducing road accident deaths by 50% by 2024

The Minister said that the World Bank and ADB have already sanctioned a scheme by which the Government is allocating Rs14,000cr for states, NHAI and other stakeholders to remove black spots.

Jun 18, 2021 03:06 IST India Infoline News Service

Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari said that the Government’s target is to reduce road accident deaths by 50% by the year 2024.

Addressing the virtual session on ‘Role of Corporates in Arresting Road Fatalities’ organised by FICCI, Shri Gadkari congratulated FICCI on the announcement of Road Safety consortium ‘Safar’, based on the safe system approach and release of a white paper on road safety for the corporate world.

The Minister emphasised the need for identification of ‘black spot’ in every state, district and city. The Minister said that the World Bank and ADB have already sanctioned a scheme by which the Government is allocating Rs14,000cr for states, NHAI and other stakeholders to remove black spots.

The Minister said that his Ministry is striving hard to reduce the road accident deaths by restructuring and strengthening four ‘E’ of road safety, that are, Engineering (including road and automobile engineering), Economy, Enforcement and Education. He suggested that the corporate world should carry out the independent surveys to identify the reasons behind the accidents and a report may be submitted to the Ministry. The Minister pointed out that 50% of the road accidents are due to road engineering problems and now the government has taken special initiatives to improve the black spot. This will greatly contribute towards the vision of ‘zero road accident’ in India.

Gadkari said that cooperation of NGOs, social organisations, universities is needed for education and awareness. The Minister announced that an independent road safety council, headed by a retired IAS officer would come into force within 15 days.

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