- “So far Rs 25,000 crore has been spent to remove black spots”
- “Will reduce the number of deaths by at least 50 percent”
- Rating of vehicles will be done on the basis of safety parameters
Nitin Gadkari: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Monday that the government has set a target of halving by 2024 about 1.5 lakh deaths every year due to road accidents in the country. He said that the work of removing black spots is going on by spending crores of rupees in this regard. Speaking at the program of NGO ‘Jan Aakrosh’ here, Gadkari said that every year in the country about 1.5 lakh people die in five lakh road accidents, while 3 lakh people are seriously injured.
“Will reduce the number of deaths by at least 50 percent”
He said, “We have decided that before the end of 2024, we will reduce the number of road accidents and deaths in the country by at least 50 percent.” So far Rs 25,000 crore has been spent to remove the ‘black spot’. He informed that in collaboration with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB), the government is also working on another scheme worth Rs 15,000 crore. Gadkari said that it has been decided to give the amount of this scheme to the state governments so that they remove black spots from the roads coming under them. Explain that the black spot is the place where most of the accidents happen.
Rating will be done after checking the parameters of safety
The Road Transport Minister also informed that under the Bharat New Car Assessment Program, vehicles will be given star rating after being tested on global parameters of safety. “Every new model of vehicle manufacturers before entering the market will have to go through a test as to how safe the vehicle is for the passengers in the event of a road accident. Whether a new model of the car is cheap or expensive, both will be tested on this criterion.
People don’t worry about traffic rules
Appealing to the common people, especially the youth, to follow the traffic rules and regulations, Gadkari said, “Our biggest problem is that people do not have respect and fear for traffic laws. People don’t worry and because of this we are losing our lives.” He also told that famous actor Amitabh Bachchan has recently assured him of all possible help to spread awareness among the common people for road safety.
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