SRINAGAR Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday flagged off a new motorcycle squad of the traffic police here, launched to ensure better compliance of road safety norms.
The state government has procured equipment worth nearly Rs six crore, including laser speed cameras with automatic number plate recognition, combined pollution under control equipment, speed radar guns with laser camera, hill recovery cranes and 110 motor cycles, an official spokesperson said.
The Governor observed that the departments concerned should ensure the safety of people on the roads and extended full support of the administration in all the endeavours in this direction.
Malik also emphasised the importance of following traffic rules and road safety measures to bring down the number of road accidents.
The Governor said strict action should be taken against the violators of traffic rules and only trained persons should be allowed to drive.
He noted that many accidents take place due to untrained drivers.
Advisor Skandan lauded the initiative and stressed the need for bringing reforms in road safety management and informed that the government has devised an effective Action Plan for ensuring safety on roads and soon people will see the results of governments efforts in this direction.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary highlighted various steps taken by the government in the domain of traffic management, like constitution of the Jammu and Kashmir Road Safety Fund, which is utilised for meeting expenditures on Road Safety. He advised setting up of sufficient signages along the highways and launching awareness campaigns for reducing the incidence of serious road accidents especially amongst school students.
Samoon described various initiatives taken and measures afoot for strengthening road traffic management in the State. He informed that very soon Diplomas in Disaster Management with stress on road safety will be introduced and children associated with Road Safety Clubs will be given opportunity to create awareness on roads regarding road safety.
The students belonging to various road safety clubs in Kashmir had an informative interactive session with the dignitaries wherein they were apprised about upcoming Trauma centres all along the highways; finalization of corridors for Light Rail Transit System for cities of Srinagar and Jammu with the aim to decongest the present roads; incorporation of chapters on road safety in State Boards School Books so as to generate awareness among youth etc.