Task force on road safety to finalize formal definition of black spots


Srinagar: The state government on Friday directed task force on road safety to finalize formal definition of ‘Black Spots’ in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a partial modification to its order on 15 September last year, the government asked the task force to come up with the formal definition as the definition evolved by the Chief Engineer, listing the reasons for likely accidents, does not provide objective criteria for declaring a spot as Black Spot.

The task force has been also asked to draw up a protocol—an annual calendar or time table for identification of Black Spots, their rectification and monitoring to check the efficacy of rectification action taken. 

“The calendar should prescribe a timetable for instituting the exercise(s) for identification of Black Spots; identification of specific cause(s) responsible for frequent accidents at a particular Black Spot; finding solution(s) for the spot) estimation of expenditure, allocation of funds,  estimation of expenditure, allocation of funds, etc,” reads a government order, a copy of which lies with news agency GNS.  

The calendar or time table should allocate specific responsibilities to the designated authorities and be drawn on time, it added.

When the task force was formed last year, its terms of reference were to draw up a protocol for identification of black spots on a continuing basis, their removal and further monitoring to see the effectiveness of the action. It was also tasked to allocate required resources, set priorities amongst the roads and resolve inter-departmental issues at the State level.

The members of the task force include IGP Traffic (J&K), Chief engineers (R&B Jammu, Kashmir, Project Beacon, project Sampark, Vijayak, Himmank), Director National Highway Authority of India, Additional Secretary (technical) –Superintending engineer road safety council. (GNS)


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