Monday, November 29, 1999

Govt to finalise Road Safety Action Plan soon

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New Delhi, June 17 (PTI) The government today said it would soon finalise an action plan for road safety, with an annual provision of Rs 250 crore. "We are going to come out with complete Road Safety Action Plan, provide about Rs 250 crore per year for road safety measures," Road Secretary Brahm Dutt told PTI. The development succeeds the bill for creation of National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board, which was introduced in Lok Sabha last month with the mandate to conduct regular safety audits of national highways and establish collection, transmission and analysis of road accident data. India has highest number of road accidents in the world with more than one lakh people falling victims to road accidents every year. Official figures state as many as 1.37 lakh people were killed in road accidents in 2008. The mooted Road safety action plan would include comprehensive road safety strategy with short-term, medium and long-term perspective measures for minimising road accidents in the country. Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath has identified road safety as his government''s top priority.He said that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was working on developing a network with hospitals for quick relief measures in case of accidents.

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