Justice Sapre visited Hyderabad on Saturday and convened a meeting to review the road safety interventions taken up by the state government. Detailed PowerPoint presentations were given on the safety measures taken by the Telangana government by stakeholder departments, with regard to rectification of black spots, measures taken on outer ring road and in GHMC area and the trauma care centers.
Justice Sapre informed that in Telangana 91 percent are road related fatalities due to over speeding. If wearing of helmets and seat belts is ensured 100 percent and the over-speeding is controlled, road related fatalities will be reduced considerably, he said, and directed the officials that their aim should be to bring down fatalities and efforts should be towards zero fatalities.
The officials informed the Chairman that in the recent meeting held by Chief Secretary, it was decided in principle to draft the services of NIT Warangal for assisting the lead agency with full-time domain experts and providing consultants. It was also decided to allocate Rs 25 crore towards non-lapsable road safety fund.
The GHMC informed that it has taken up a comprehensive road maintenance programme with Rs 1,839 crore for 5 years for pedestrian safety with increased width of footpaths, foot over bridges, attending to black spots on the roads, undertaking permanent solution for water logging points on roads, junction improvement works at 33 locations, marking of zebra lines, rumble strips, keeping sign boards and displaying traffic signs, etc wherever necessary.
Police informed that Hyderabad already has 6 Lakh CCTV cameras in place and another 5 lakh more are planned for installation in various arterial roads, all metro stations, MMTS stations, South Central Railway terminals, TSRTC bus terminals, bus shelters, bus bays, etc.
Trauma care centers equipped with advance life support ambulances are established by HMDA throughout the ORR stretch.
It was also intimated that the Transport Department suspended 10,728 driving licences this year including 6,298 due to drunken driving.
The Chairman, CoRS Committee appreciated the efforts made by the government of Telangana on road safety on ORR and other roads in the state and directed the authorities to further strengthen the enforcement and other measures in the days to come. He hoped that there won’t be road fatalities in Telangana in the future.
Transport Commissioner MRM Rao, Addl. DGP Jitender, Addl DGP Railways and Road Safety Sandeep Shandilya, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, Project Director, Outer Ring Road Shantoh, Engineer-in-Chief, State Roads P. Ravinder Rao, E-in-C NH I. Ganapathi Reddy, Director, Medical Education Dr. Ramesh Reddy, Joint Transport Commissioner (IT, Road Safety) C. Ramesh and other senior officials from the departments of NHAI, Roads and Buildings, Police, GHMC, HMDA, etc. participated in the meeting.
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