Aiming road safety, State to submit proposal of WB funding
At time when number of accidents is on rise in hill state, Transport department would prepare a project report and submit to World Bank for funding.punjab Updated: Dec 19, 2014 19:19 IST
At time when number of accidents is on rise in hill state, Transport department would prepare a project report and submit to World Bank for funding.
Transport department has been mooting several changes in the existing system that would be covered under World Bankfunding. Transport Minister GS Bali said road safety is main concern of the department and lot of changed have been made in this regard.
"A project report on road safety will be submitted with World bank for funding," said Bali, while interacting with Media after the meeting of state road safety counsel that took place after six years. Under this project, CCTV cameras would be installed at certain roads.
Bali said a committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Transport and Additional Chief Secretary Education to take final call on induction of chapters comprising road safety lessons in the school syllabus.
Further the counsel in its first meeting after six years; members have suggested certain means to check road accidents. Counsel has recommended parapet to be installed properly. "In some cases it was observed those parapets were only installed symbolically. There was no deep footing," said Bali. He also said that the counsel has also recommended pedestrian path compulsory along road. "Several road accidents took place due to non-availability of pedestrian path," added he.
Counsel also recommended that road should be designed as per the traffic plying on it. "At different places, different amount of pressure is on roads, so PWD department should keep it in mind and should not apply same parameter for everywhere," said he.
Bali also informed that three interceptor which were flagged off by the minister last months had challanned 155 vehicles while collected fine of over ` 2.5 lakh. "Main purpose is to sensitise the people instead penalizing them, added Bali. He also said that all RTOs would not have the speed interceptor to check the vehicles plying with high speed.
No, CNG, LPG for vehicle available
Even as National green tribunal had aksed state government to ply only CNG vehicle on Rohtang pass, Bali said HRTC would ply CNG busses but in Himahcal there was no availability of CNG, LPG. I would urge centre government to provide the supply of CNG so that NGT order could be comply with.
First Published: Dec 19, 2014 19:17 IST