New Delhi, March 10: The Government is undertaking various measures to improve Safety of Commuters. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has approved a National Road Safety Policy on Thursday. This Policy outlines various policy measures such as promoting awareness, encouraging safer road infrastructure including application of intelligent transport, enforcement of safety laws trauma care etc.The Government has constituted the National Road Safety Council as the apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety said, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Radhakrishnan in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Ministry has requested all States, UTs for setting up of State Road Safety Council and District Road Safety Committees, and to hold their meetings regularly.
The Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on 4 ‘E’s viz. Education, Engineering (both of roads and vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency Care. Based on this, a draft action plan has been shared with the states. Also, road safety has been made an integral part of road design at planning stage.
High priority has been accorded to identification and rectification of black spots (accident prone spots) on national highways. A total of 789 such black spots have been identified for improvement. The threshold for four Laning of national highway has been reduced from 15,000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) to 10,000 PCUs. About 52,000 Km of stretches of State Highways has been identified for conversion to national highways, said in official press release.
National Highways Authority of India also provides ambulances at a distance of 50 Km. on each of its completed stretches of National Highways under its Operation & Maintenance contracts. As well as government will Advocacy, Publicity campaign on road safety through the electronic and print media.