Noida: Road accidents kill 27 in 3 days

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 11:54 IST

Road accidents killed 27 people in the last three days in Noida. And 300 people got killed in road accidents in Noida and Greater Noida in the year 2013 alone, officials said on Friday.

To remember road traffic accident victims, the Gautam Budh Nagar transport department will initiate multiple traffic awareness activities from Saturday.

Two-day traffic awareness activities that will end on Sunday evening are being organised across Uttar Pradesh because the United Nations had in 2005 marked a Sunday of the month of November as World Day of remembrance for road traffic victims.

"We will involve interested social groups, transporters, colleges and school children among others in this initiative to remember road traffic victims. We will not only remember victims but also teach children the importance of following traffic norms and that disciplined driving can prevent accidents," said Rachna Yaduvanshi, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Gautam Budh Nagar.

The transport department and traffic police officials will also make school children aware of traffic norms on Saturday morning.

"Students of five city schools will take an oath that they will abide by traffic norms while driving. To begin with, we are asking school children to take an oath. Later, we will involve college students in this initiative so that they can follow traffic norms in their life," said Yaduvanshi.

The department will also involve auto-rickshaw, truck drivers, teachers, etc. in this initiative.

According to the transport department, in 2013, 5 lakh road accidents cases were reported in India. And 1.38 lakh people died in these accidents across the country.

"A road accident occurs every minute and 1 person gets killed every 4 minutes in India. If we all follow traffic norms, then we can bring down accidents to a large extent," said another official.

The transport department has also decided to organise a race from Noida's Sector 33 to Noida Stadium in Sector 21A on Sunday morning as part of this campaign. This activity is open for all, said officials.

"We will light candles in the memory of road traffic accident victims in the evening at Noida Entry Gate, where Mahata Budha Statue is placed on the Delhi-Noida border. We have invited all citizens and especially children for this activity. We want more and more people to join this initiative," said Yaduvanshi.

Officials also said that a total of 300 accidental deaths were reported in district in the year 2013, mostly along the Noida Expressway.

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