State transport commissioner Anil Parab, while addressing the State Road Safety Council‘s 11th meeting at Sahyadri guest house this week, directed government officials to ensure that “saving lives should be the main concern while planning new road safety measures for this year”. “Due to crashes, several innocent people are killed and it is a financial and mental trauma for their families for life. So, it is imperative that we focus on saving lives and reducing fatalities on the road,” Parab said at the meeting, adding that officials should seek cooperation from local NGOs in curbing mishaps on highways.
Of the 1,324 black spots where maximum accidents are reported, the state government has completed permanent road safety measures at 931 locations, while temporary measures have been completed at 359 locations. “All the black spots will now be reviewed to ensure that mishaps don’t recur,” said joint transport commissioner (road safety) J B Patil.
Parab said road signs on traffic rules, especially speed limits at various locations, should be conspicuous. He said there should be trauma centres and healthcare facilities close to highways so that victims can be rushed during the golden hour and lives can be saved. “Vehicles such as tractors should have radium stickers on the rear side so that they are visible to oncoming vehicles and there is no collision,” he said.
Additional chief secretary (transport) Ashish Kumar Singh, who was present at the road safety council meeting, said that though there was a dip in the number of mishaps across the state as compared to a year ago, there was still a need to reduce fatalities and injuries in road crashes.
A decision was taken at the meeting to start a web portal for regular updates on crashes on the road — with details such as type of mishap, location, time and cause — and this will be accessible internally to officials from departments which play key roles in road safety. The meeting was attended by representatives from PWD, the health and transport departments, MSRTC, and non-profit organisations such as SAVELife Foundation.