Help Reduce Road Accidents Deaths, Nitin Gadkari Appeals To The Corporate World To Play Their Part
New Delhi: ‘In the prevention of road accidents in India, we need corporates to get involved. Road accidents and deaths are sensitive issues and the collective effort is necessary to reduce it. We all need to think seriously on how to make India’s roads safer,’ said Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday at a “Conclave with corporate on Road Safety” as a part of ongoing Road Safety Week.
He further added that the ministry’s appeal to the corporates is to take up road safety as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and help us in inculcating ‘Be Safe On Roads’ culture.
India is committed to reducing fatal road accidents by 50 per cent by the end of 2020, we need help to meet this target from India’s corporate sector. We urge the corporate sector to make road safety their priority, help us make it a movement in the country, said Mr Gadkari.
Talking about what the ministry is doing to reduce the number of accidental deaths and injuries in India, Mr Gadkari added,
The transport ministry has undertaken the number of initiatives which include awareness, education and road engineering measures as well. The Ministry has undertaken the task to identify all the black spots areas in the country, as of today, we have identified 786 black spots. We are also continuously working towards improving road engineering and are trying to get more and more innovative technology to reduce accidents.
Moreover, the Ministry has also designed a 6-day course on road safety in order to teach people how to be a Good Samaritan and how to drive safely on the roads. On successful completion of this course, people will get certification.
Recently, in an exclusive interview to NDTV on the occasion of the Road Safety Week, the Minister also expressed his concern over the staggering number of Indians getting killed on the roads and said that currently the No.1 priority for him is to save lives of 1.5 lakh people who are dying on the roads of India every year. He adds,
We know there are lapses at government level when it comes to road safety in India and as Minister of Road Transport and Highways, I don’t want to hide it, rather I want people to highlight the road safety concerns so that the government can fix those on priority.