Concerned over the rising number of accidents in Haryana, chief minister ML Khattar has approved the 'Haryana road safety fund scheme' drafted by the Haryana police to ensure smooth flow of traffic and safe travel for road users.
Presiding over a meeting here, he said that the new scheme for traffic safety and management would also reduce the rate of accidents and mortality on national and state highways.
Under this scheme, the fund would be utilised to impart traffic education to all roads users including children by holding awareness campaigns, rallies, quiz, drawing competition and by publishing advertisement in newspapers, putting up hoardings or boards and printing pamphlets and installing surveillance cameras and accessories.
The fund under the scheme would also be utilised to procure traffic lights, traffic rule enforcement equipment like radar guns, interceptors, alco-sensors, proper gear for traffic policemen for regulation of traffic, besides towing vehicle and ambulances.
As part of the scheme, an empowered committee under the chairmanship of home secretary would be constituted for the finalisation of proposals received from different districts.
It was also decided in the meeting that about 50% of the compounding fee collected from various traffic violation challans would be provided under the scheme for the next year.
In the year 2013, an amount of about Rs 42 crore was collected as compounding amount against these challans. Khattar was also informed that the road accident scenario was causing concern as nearly 11,000 accidents took place annually and around 4,000 people lose their invaluable lives a year and more than 16,000 persons get seriously injured.