Government spending over Rs 20,000 crore to fix accident-prone spots: Nitin Gadkari

Speaking here at the launch of a research report by Nissan India and SaveLife Foundation, Gadkari said the first priority of his ministry is to save more one lakh lives from road accidents each year.

Published: 11th January 2019 03:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th January 2019 03:51 PM   |  A+A-

Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The government is spending more than Rs 20,000 crore to rectify accident-prone black spots on roads across the country in order to reduce fatalities in such incidents, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Friday.

Speaking here at the launch of a research report by Nissan India and SaveLife Foundation, Gadkari said the first priority of his ministry is to save more lives from road accidents which account for over 1 lakh deaths each year in the country.

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"One of the major reasons for road accidents is flawed engineering. We have already identified the black spots. We are spending more than Rs 20,000 crore only for implementing this and making underpasses, flyovers etc," the road and transport minister said.

He said road safety issue requires more public awareness besides a serious approach in important factors like issuance of driving licences.

"We have also suggested to state governments to include chapters on road safety in primary education. Government is also taking preventive measures in the auto industry like seat belt reminders," Gadkari added.

As per the report 'Rear Seat Belt Usage and Child Road Safety in India', 90 per cent of the total 6,306 respondents said they do not use rear safety belts. The report also revealed that despite 92.8 per cent respondents being aware of the safety benefits of child helmets, only 20.1 per cent owned a child helmet.

As per the latest data released by road and transport ministry, 9,408 children lost their lives to road crashes in 2017 alone.

"While there have been various initiatives undertaken to raise awareness around road safety in India, the importance of wearing rear seat belts has been completely neglected," Nissan India President Thomas Kuehl said.

He added that the company along with SaveLife Foundation and SHARP has set a target to reach out and educate over 2 lakh children in 240 schools across 12 cities on the usage of rear seat belts, and road safety.

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