Rise in road accidents: Poor implementation of safety norms in UP, says CAG report
Tabled in the state legislative assembly on July 21, the CAG report on modernisation and strengthening of the police force (2011-16) said the UP Police Traffic Management Fund (UPPTMF) was established and notified in January 2009 to strengthen traffic management system and implement road safety measures.lucknow Updated: Jul 26, 2017 16:19 IST
The Uttar Pradesh government has failed to enforce road safety measures which have led to a spurt in the number of accidents, according to a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
Tabled in the state legislative assembly on July 21, the CAG report on modernisation and strengthening of the police force (2011-16) said the UP Police Traffic Management Fund (UPPTMF) was established and notified in January 2009 to strengthen traffic management system and implement road safety measures.
The report said there had been a delay in increasing manpower in traffic police.
“The police department had prepared a plan of Rs 535.36 crore for 2011-16 for the procurement of traffic equipment but it could not take measures to generate adequate revenue,” the report said.
“The department recovered Rs 125.48 crore as fine but the state government allocated merely Rs 84.11 crore for the UP Police Traffic Management Fund (UPPTMF). The traffic directorate spent Rs 69.59 crore and the remaining fund was surrendered,” it added.
As per norms, the amount collected by the police by way of fine under the Motor Vehicle Act has to be deposited in the government account. Thereafter, 75% of the total amount deposited in the state exchequer in any financial year has to be transferred to the UPPTMF by making appropriate budgetary provision in the next financial year.
The amount credited to the UPPTMF is utilised in improvement of traffic management, implementation of road safety measures, traffic norms education and traffic enforcement system.
According to the report, traffic police faces huge shortage of equipment. Despite rampant violation of traffic rules and large number of deaths in accidents, the UP police failed to enforce traffic regulation as required funds were not provided to procure traffic equipment, the report said.
“The number of vehicles in the state increased from 9.04 lakh in 1985-86 to 2.13 crore in March 2015. There has been no change in the sanctioned strength of traffic department since 1985,” it pointed out.
“The proposal for revision in manpower strength is pending with the government since December 1999. There is a shortage of 71-93% manpower on the posts of traffic inspector, traffic sub-inspector, head constable and traffic constable,” the report said.
“In cities like Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Meerut, Noida and Ghaziabad, posts of traffic inspectors and sub-inspectors are lying vacant. It throws light on the poor state of traffic management, inadequate revenue collection and high number of road accidents and casualty,” it said.
The report said traffic police personnel lacked training as no norms had been laid in this connection by the traffic directorate. “A large number of traffic personnel were not given any training during 2011-16. The government has not set up training college in the state to train personnel,” the report pointed out.
CAG recommended that traffic directorate should fix annual target for revenue collection from fine/penalties under the Motor Vehicle Act, improve traffic discipline and ensure generation of adequate funds for procurement of road safety equipment.
“Adequate manpower should be made available for enforcement of traffic regulation,” the report said.