Centre to send special team to curb accidents in Maharashtra

Considering the number of road accidents, which are rising at an alarming rate, the central government has now decided to take matters in it own hands. It has been learnt that soon, the centre would be sending a special team to all the states where the number of road mishaps are high in the country, including Maharashtra.

Out of control: Every year, on an average, the state witnesses about 12,600 mishaps. Representation pic

The special team, comprising babus from the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and transport experts, will be visiting Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, among others states, where the rate of accidents is highest in the country. To discuss the future course of action, a couple of days ago, the ministry had held a meeting in Delhi.

“A team will be visiting different states, including Maharashtra, where the number of accidents is the highest in India. Also, we are in touch with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for compiling data on these mishaps,” said R Lochan, Director (Safety), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Apart from visiting states, the team will also study the measures taken by the respective states to tackle the menace. Final data will be compiled, using a special software, that will comprise number of accidents, black spots (roads where accidents occurs the most), along with details of vehicles registered over a period of time.

The state government officials claim that they have already started implementing measures to curb accidents. “We are making a coordinated effort with the help of the central government. Several measures, such as introducing speed governors in trucks and tempos, adequate training of drivers and shutting down illegal driving schools, have been initiated,” said S K Sharma, state transport secretary.

Did you know?
Every year nearly
lakh people lose their lives in various road accidents

of theses mishaps take place on state highways

of them occur on national highways

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