At a time when road accident have increased alarmingly across India — in 2010 one road accident death was reported every four minutes — the government, inspired by a software introduced by the Tamil Nadu road department to improve road safety, is planning to replicate the model across the country.
The Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS) was introduced in 2009 under a World Bank supported Tamil Nadu road sector project at a cost of Rs 425 crore. The software installed at 1,400 police stations in the state not only geographically maps all accidents taking place on highways but also identifies the most accident-prone spots and condition of roads at such spots. It displays cash trends and other road related details at the click of a mouse.
Impressed by the outcome, the Union road transport and highways ministry wants to replicate the model in the rest of the country. “We are looking to introduce the model across the country during the 12th plan. We are involving National Informatics Centre in customising the software to meet our needs,” said Nitin R Gokarn, joint secretary looking after transport in the ministry.
At present, transport and traffic department officials do not have access to any scientific database on the most accident-prone spots in their states. This severely limits their ability to address the anomalies.