Dr. Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator inaugurated the Chandigarh Centre of Excellence in Road Safety (CCERS) under Chandigarh Road Safety Society (CRSS) in the building of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Sector 12, Chandigarh.
This Centre will function as a Lead Agency in Road Safety as per the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. The objective behind setting up of this Centre is to have systematic and scientific analysis of causal factors behind accidents, to prepare and execute detailed road safety programs in UT Chandigarh, undertake public awareness and outreach programs on road safety issues and to promote and facilitate research in various aspects of road safety etc.
The Society has members from all the stakeholders departments of Transport, Police, Engineering, Department of Planning and MC as well as Road Safety experts on Non Motorised Transport and Road Safety Engineering along with public persons having experience of working in the field of road safety. It is expected that Centre of Excellence on Road Safety will provide a platform to the policy makers of UT Chandigarh to develop holistic understanding of the issues/challenges being faced in making safer roads for its commuters and to bring in innovative solutions for better planning and development of road infrastructure with the active participation of citizens. This centre will mainly assist in:-
•Identification of black spots & their removal
•Undertake traffic simulation studies for management of traffic & mitigating congestion.
•Accident investigation & analysis to relate scene i.e Road reengineering & re-design.
•Data analytics & review of policy and to develop communication strategy including emotion appeal.
Apart from the above, Annual Report on “Road Safety in Chandigarh-2021” was also released, which contains systematic compilation of information about road crashes occurred in U.T Chandigarh in the year 2021. It presents infographics and comparative analyses across years, police stations and traffic zones wise. This report also presents various traffic management initiatives and engineering measures taken by Chandigarh Traffic Police to mitigate traffic congestion in the city and for making safer roads.
Further, as part of the Integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) project, new tablets were given to the Investigation Officers (IOs) to assist them in filling of details of accidents on the spot in iRAD app. This data will be used for analysis of the cause of accidents, identify vulnerable locations, formulation of strategies to undertake rectification measures for the accident prone locations.
During this event, Sh. Nitin Kumar Yadav, IAS, Secretary Transport cum, President of Board of Governor (BoG) of this Society, Sh. Praveer Ranjan, IPS, DGP/Chandigarh, Dr. Vijay Namdeorao Zade, IAS, Finance Secretary, Chandigarh, Sh. Raj Kumar Singh, IPS, IGP/Chandigarh, Ms. Manisha Choudhary, IPS, SSP/Traffic-cum-CEO of the Society, Prof. Baldev Setia, Director/PEC, Dr. Umesh Sharma, Professor PEC, Sh. Navdeep Asija, member of CRSS, Sh. Harman Sidhu, NGO ArriveSafe, Sh. Manoj Kumar Meena, IPS, SSP/Hqrs, Ms. Shruti Arora, IPS, SP/City, Sh. C.B. Ojha, Chief Engineer/Chandigarh and other officials were present
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