Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary reviewed the action taken by the stakeholders on implementation of road safety laws in the State and directed all authorities to take measures for stricter enforcement of road safety rules.
Calling on all stakeholders to work in close coordination, Patowary said, ‘We must all strive to ensure that no human life is lost because of road accidents. Both State and Central departments must take road safety as a priority basis as it is monitored by the Supreme Court.’
In Assam, road accidents on National Highway is 48%, in State Highway is 25% and in other roads is 27%. The Lead Agency on Road Safety carried out an extensive analysis of the data on road accident in Assam and found that 75.3% of total accident in 2020 has happened due to over-speeding followed by 5.2% due to driving on wrong side. Regarding road stretches, 34.7% of total accident in 2020 has happened on open road followed by 23.9% on market/commercial area.
Transport Minister asked the NHAI authorities to put proper signage in the national highways, especially from Khanapara to Jalukbari, which will guide the drivers and prevent accidents. The NHAI authority also agreed to install CCTVs in the speed-limit signage and will share the data with Police, Transport and State PWD. The Minister further asked State PWD to install hazard markers at the junction of the local roads merging into National Highway/State Highway in all the vulnerable stretches.
Reinforcing the importance of enforcement drives, Patowary asked Munna Prasad Gupta, Commissioner of Police and Hiren Nath, IGP (Special Branch), to intensify monitoring and enforcement against rash drivers. He also asked Anurag Goel, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department to take necessary steps for placing the services of NHAI’s ambulances at the disposal of the State Health Department and to integrate NHAI’s toll free number 1033 with 108 ambulance service.
Adil Khan, Commissioner of Transport, apprised the Minister that 15 Traffic Interceptor Vehicles and 11 Speed Radar Guns have been procured and are already being used for strict monitoring over speeding violations. 15,507 cases registered till June 28 and cumulative fine of Rs. 3.10 crore has been imposed through e-challan. Action against overloading of goods has been further intensified. During the drives, 1,959 cases have been detected and cumulative fine of Rs. 5.28 crore has been imposed.