Checking Mishaps: Lok Sabha MPs to head district road safety panels
Lok Sabha members will soon lead high-level district road safety committees in Uttar Pradesh to chalk out plans to reduce road accidents and resultant deaths in their districts.lucknow Updated: Jul 23, 2018 12:50 IST
Lok Sabha members will soon lead high-level district road safety committees in Uttar Pradesh to chalk out plans to reduce road accidents and resultant deaths in their districts.
Such committees may finally come into existence with the transport department initiating the move almost 10 months after the Central government issued a gazette notification, asking states to set up such panels in each district to promote awareness among road users.
Transport commissioner P Guruprasad last week wrote a letter to all the regional transport officers and others, asking them to take necessary action on the union ministry of transport and highways’ notification of September 28, 2017, people dealing with the issue said.
As per the notification, one road safety committee will be set up in every district under the chairmanship of the Lok Sabha MP of the district.
If the district happens to have more than one MP (Lok Sabha), then the senior-most will be the chairman of the committee.
A Rajya Sabha MP residing in the district will be the special invitee to the committee and participate in its meetings in that capacity.
Other members will include the district magistrate, the superintendent of police, the zila panchayat chief executive, mayor/chairman, all members of legislative assembly (MLAs) of the district, all sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs), three nongovernment organisations (NGOs) as nominated by the chairman, representatives of the trader associations, district civil surgeon, district education officer, the senior-most public works department (PWD) officer of the district and the ARTO.
The district committees have been entrusted with a widerange of functions and responsibilities aimed to reduce the number of road accidents and deaths in the district.
Each such committee, the notification says, will closely monitor road safety activities in the district and analyse the road accident data, identify and study cases of road mishaps, ensuring implementation of road safety standards.
Each such committee will also be responsible for creating and implementing road safety action plan with specific targets accidents/fatalities reduction. They will also review speed limiting devices in the vehicles and form a strategy to motivate Good Samaritans in the district.
Each district road safety committee will meet at least once a quarter or at such a frequency as it may decide.
The transport department having sat on the Centre’s 10-month old notification is being seen as matter of concern considering the fact that Uttar Pradesh leads the country in deaths due to road accidents.
“This is gross negligence on the part of the authorities that they have just now woken up to take action on the notification despite the fact that Uttar Pradesh requires such road safety measures more than any other state,” said an official who refused to be named.
As many as 20,142 people died and another 27,507 were injured in a total 38,811 reported cases of road accidents in Uttar Pradesh between January and December 2017.
First Published: Jul 23, 2018 12:50 IST