The Minister for Union Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari on Thursday has called for a committed road safety cell in the Public Works Department of Delhi, which will focus on the aspect of road safety keeping in mind the alarming number of crashes and fatalities that occur on a daily basis.
The India Chapter of International Road Federation’s (IRF) suggests for simple but clever engineering and the improvements in traffic management systems with some moderate investments which are to be made at 10 major traffic black spots in Delhi which are considered highly dangerous and fatal for road users.
The Report according to the International Road Federation’s (IRF), which classifies the dangerous black spots are Sarai Kale Khan, Mori Gate, Nigam Bodh Ghat, Mukhandpur Chowk, Dr Bhabha Marg crossing, Punjabi Bagh chowk, Kashmere Gate, Mahipalpur flyover, Shahdara Flyover and Shani Mandir.
According to the Report from IRF, These spots recorded 245 accidents last year, in which 203 persons were injured and 84 lost their lives.
The IRF has suggested some practical and novel ideas to control this problem also keeping in mind the moderate investments which needs to be made in order for this successful fulfillment of the committed road safety cell and also the advancements which need to be done. such as footpaths, traffic islands, channeling of traffic, installation of signals, road signage and pavement markings to transform these into safer spots and also for road users who can use the roads with peace of mind.
Shri Nitin Gadkari wrote to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri. Arvind Kejriwal and made a recommendation to him to get the report examined at the earliest and also send the relevant proposals to the Union ministry for financing of the project.
He also further added that the ministry will soon launch a national initiative to remove the dangerous and fatal traffic black spots and accommodate proposals from Delhi government in that respect.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is dedicated to reducing the injuries and fatalities due to road accidents to 50 percent by the year 2020 and has taken many innovative and useful steps to improve safety on Indian roads. As part of the immense efforts by the ministry, A total of 789 black spots have been identified across the country which recorded repeated accidents/fatalities and steps are being taken to rectify engineering defects at such black spots at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore