IEP Chandigarh, September 22
Haryana Chief Secretary, Sh. Sanjeev Kaushal said that Haryana is using live map technology to identify accident-prone areas in the state. Using this technology, a grid is automatically generated for such places on the live map and the police gets information about such places immediately. He directed that the data of live map technology should be shared with all the stakeholder Departments like Police, Public Works, Health, Transport and Urban Local Bodies Departments so that special focus can be given on such accident prone areas to overcome the road accidents across the state.
While presiding over the meeting of Road Safety Fund Management Committee here today, Sh. Kaushal said that changing lane frequently by heavy vehicles is one of the major cause of accidents on highways. Therefore, sign boards should be installed on the left sides of roads for the movement of passengers and heavy vehicles and this rule should also be strictly followed. He further said that adequate lighting arrangements, sign boards and beautification work should be done on all the highways. Apart from this, reflective tapes and sign boards should also be set up to reduce the chances of accidents at blind spots and crossings during night time.
In the meeting, a budget of about Rs 36 crore has been approved for the road safety activities and to improve infrastructure this year. The Chief Secretary said that the budget should be allocated to the District Road Safety Committees in a planned manner. He directed that the District committees should prepare a chart of the various activities to be carried out for road safety during this year and ensure the proper utilization of the funds allocated to them.
In the meeting, a budget of Rs. 30 lakh has been allocated to the District Road Safety Committees in the state. Besides this, an amount of more than Rs. 3 crore has been allocated for various development works for Driving Training and Research Institute (IDTR) to be set up at Yamunanagar, Palwal and Sonepat.
It was informed in the meeting that a road safety awareness campaign is being run by the Higher Education Department to make college students aware about road safety measures. For organizing various awareness activities and wide publicity of road safety rules, Rs 1.20 crore was allocated to the Higher Education Department for this campaign. Similarly, Rs 1.74 crore was allocated to the School Education Department for road safety awareness campaign. Apart from this, budget has also been allocated for other programmes under road safety activities.
In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Sh. T.V.S.N Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads), Sh. Ankur Gupta, Director-General of Police, Sh. P.K Agrawal, Principal Secretary, Transport, Sh. Navdeep Virk and other senior officers were present.