LG Voices Concern Over Deaths In Road Accidents

Directs Officials To Rectify Black Spots Within 3 Months

Srinagar- Terming the deaths in road accidents as a cause of worry, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday directed officials to rectify black spots within 3 months, besides identifying factors contributing to road mishaps & take proactive measures, ensuring enforcement of safety laws in true spirit & making improvements in the response system and spreading awareness on road safety.

The LG passed these instructions while chairing a high-level meeting on Road Safety here on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said.

“Deaths due to road accidents are indeed a cause of worry. The Government is making continuous efforts to make the public aware of road safety and is committed to enforce the rules and necessary interventions & facilities,” Sinha said.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG directed the concerned officials to identify factors contributing to road accidents & take proactive measures, ensuring enforcement of safety laws in true spirit & making improvements in the response system and spreading awareness on road safety. Sinha, he said, passed explicit directions to the officials to rectify black spots within 3 months.

“Traffic management has become more & more technology-driven. We need to make necessary technological interventions for highly effective road safety measures,” the LG said.

“Training of traffic police, strengthening manpower, generating awareness amongst the people, especially in educational institutions, crackdown on drunken driving & speed, roping in volunteers for road safety programs would be important steps to address the challenges,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG took note of regular incidents of road accidents in particular areas and asked the health department to explore possibility of developing more trauma centres near accident-prone highways to help accident victims during the crucial golden hours.

The chair, he said, was informed that the Health and Medical Education Department has so far established eight Trauma Centres in various districts.

He further said that the LG advised for replicating the effective traffic management models and collaborative efforts with different stakeholders to get the desired results on the ground.

“The Lt Governor asked the concerned departments to explore the modalities and prepare a proposal for establishing integrated centres of Inspection & Certification and licensing in highly accident-prone areas of the UT,” the official spokesperson said.

“He further directed for conducting regular meetings of the District Road Safety Committees for comprehensive and multi-sectoral road safety strategies,” he added.

As per the official spokesperson, the LG took a detailed assessment of the action taken report on raising awareness about road safety, road safety fund, strengthening of highway patrolling for prevention of accidents and fatalities, besides deployment of 136 Ambulances provided by MoRTH and operationalization of 102/108 Helpline Number.

He said Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary to the Government, Transport Department briefed the meeting about initiatives taken by the government regarding road safety.

Kumar, he said, also informed about the important aspects concerning road safety, including road safety action plan; functioning of road safety council, lead agency, and district road safety committees; category-wise cumulative registered vehicle population.

“The meeting was briefed about the mechanism put in place for developing an intelligent traffic management system for Srinagar and Jammu cities under AMRUT scheme,” the official spokesperson said

“Discussions were also held on the Road Safety Audit of all existing roads; removal of encroachments, hoardings; fixing of road signages, speed limit, and other traffic calming measures; erection of crash barriers on the National Highway and other major roads; preparation of calendar for the training of Engineers in road safety; removal of unauthorised cuts on National Highways & other major roads and regulation of cross junctions,” he added.

LG’s Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department Vivek Bhardwaj and other administrative secretaries and Divisional Commissioners attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.

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