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Maharashtra government has promises to keep as it prepares 5-year plan to halve road accidents

1,02,219 people were killed in the state between 2009 and 2016

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2017 11:15 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
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Data showed on an average 35 people died daily in the corresponding period.(HT)

To keep India’s promise to the United Nations of curbing road accidents by 50% by 2020, the state’s transport department will roll out an elaborate action plan by September for next five years.

As reported by Hindustan Times earlier this year, 1,02,219 people were killed in the state between 2009 and 2016. Of them, 88,125 (86.2%) deaths were caused by human error.

Data showed on an average 35 people died daily in the corresponding period.

A senior official from the transport department said, “The previous action plan has become redundant. All stakeholders are coming together to sketch a new five-year action plan. We will prepare it by the end of September.”

The stakeholders are from the safety patrol (HSP), transport department, police, regional transport offices, revenue, public works department (PWD), national highway authority of India (NHIA), municipal bodies, education department, NGOs and other agencies. They will meet this month. The transport official said, “In 2016, the accidents came down despite these bodies functioning independently. But now a committee will monitor their work constantly and ensure coordination between various agencies. We want to their suggestions and set realistic goals. The coordinating committee will be led by the transport commissioner.”

Apart from drawing up a five-year plan, the transport department has asked the PWD and HSP to send an elaborate report on black spots — areas which are vulnerable to accidents — by next week. It will then classify them and try to find out long-term and short-term solutions.

A big help to transport department is also coming from an NGO, World Resources Institute (WRI), headquartered at Washington DC in the United States. It will provide an analysis on road accidents and suggest solutions to prevent them. It is assisting the transport department free of cost. Another transport official said, “We have signed a pact with WRI and provide them with statistics related to accidents in Maharashtra. They gave a presentation two months ago. The State Road Safety Council also attended the presentation.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 10:02 IST