Efforts must be made to reduce road mishaps in Telangana by at least 50%, says DGP of Road Safety Authority

DGP for Road Safety Authority of Telangana, Krishna Prasad stated that Telangana strives to achieve a 50% reduction in fatalities by 2024. At present, the number of deaths is about 7200-6800 a year.

Published: 27th August 2019 03:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2019 12:14 PM   |  A+A-

T Krishna Prasad, DGP of Road Safety Authority (File Photo |EPS)

By Express News Service

The NH roads only constitute 2% of all the roads in the country, however, contribute to 31% of all accidents. Moreover, these NH roads carry the burden of 36% of all road accident deaths occurring in the country. These were the statistics shared by DGP for Road Safety Authority of Telangana, Krishna Prasad while addressing a one-day conclave on ‘Road Safety and Audit for improvement of traffic safety on Monday.

Stating that road engineers must lay high importance on the issue of road safety while taking up any road projects, he stated that Telangana strives to achieve a 50% reduction in fatalities by 2024. At present, the number of deaths is about 7200-6800 a year.

“We need a change not just in the design parameters, but also in the audit parameters. Not only should they make audit of all roads mandatory, but the gaps must also be plugged in terms of having penalties when the audit finds problems with the laid road infra,” added Krishna Prasad.

He referred to the US Federal Highway Administration’s system where not only are the new projects mentioned, but so are the sanctioned budgets, the audit panel, the penal clause one will incur if the audit finds gaps and the design parameters.

However, in India, the method followed is different, and required a policy level change if any. “The NH projects presently undertaken are only 4-laning of the existing infrastructure. They are not being built from scratch like the ORR where all accident proof infrastructure has been fitted. So wherever there are critical points and black spots at present are we fitting infrastructure like grade separators and service roads and underpasses to fix the problem for the local traffic using the roads,” added I Ganapathy Reddy, Engineer in Chief,

Furthermore, the experts noted that the Road Safety bill if passed in TS Assembly will change the way the RSA presently functions as it will fetch more budget for the R&B to not just build but also maintain and rework on what infrastructure they build in the districts. It will also bring in the police, Motor vehicle inspectors, ambulances in its ambit to save as many lives in the ‘golden hour’.

Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp