Govt earmarks Rs.11K crs for road safety

From ET Realty

NEW DELHI: Government has earmarked a fund of Rs 11,000 crore to reduce the number of road fatalities in the country. The fund will be utilised to fix the black spots, the places where accidents reoccur due to road engineering faults, across the country in next five year.

The roads transport and highways ministry will also launch an app through which citizens would be able to upload the picture and details of black spots in their area. “The idea is to crowd source the information for better implementation,” a senior government official said.

The government is also working on a proposal to impose punitive penalties on companies and engineers responsible for bad road designs. The provisions will be included in the in upcoming roads safety bill.

This comes as a national action plan to reduce the number of road deaths by 50% in next five years as a part of which India will soon introduce new two wheeler safety norms. The government is also collaborating with International Road Federation (IRF), World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank for improving engineering designs for safer roads, improved trauma care and host of related activities.

India has highest number of roads fatalities in the world with one person being killed in road mishap every four minutes. Last year, over 1.37 lakh people were killed in road accidents and over three lakh were crippled in five lakh road mishaps.

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