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Friday, 14 August 2020

Haryana State lists steps for road safety before SC panel

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13

The Haryana Government has taken extensive steps towards road safety resulting in a drastic fall in road accidents.

This was stated by Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora before the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety which met through video conferencing. The committee is headed by Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre.

Keshni said that with efforts to reduce road accidents, the state had witnessed a decrease of 17.64 per cent in road accidents compared to June last year. She said in the past six months between January and June 2020, the number of the injured in road accidents, deaths and accidents also decreased by 26.71 per cent, 26.77 per cent and 26.88 per cent respectively.

She said the Haryana Government had prepared the 'Haryana State Road Safety Policy' with the aim to achieve target of 50 per cent reduction in road fatalities and injuries by 2025.

The Chief Secretary said the 'Haryana Vision Zero' programme had been started by the police with an aim of reducing the death rate in road accidents in the state.

She said commercial vehicle fitness was being checked on an yearly basis. As many as 2,33,980 vehicles were given fitness certificate in 2019.

She apprised that Institutes of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) were being run in Rohtak, Bahadurgarh and Kaithal. The state government is setting up IDTRs in nine districts of Bhiwani, Nuh, Palwal, Rewari, Karnal, Jind, Faridabad, Sonepat and Yamunanagar.

Besides, 22 driver training schools are being run by Haryana Roadways and about 32,000 heavy vehicles drivers are being trained every year. More than 50,000 drivers are being sensitised through refresher courses.

She said that one Inspection and Certification Centre has been set up in Rohtak with a capacity to inspect 1.25 to 1.5 lakh vehicles annually and the state government is going to set up similar inspection centres in Ambala, Rewari, Faridabad, Hisar, Gurugram and Karnal.

She said that the e-challaning system has been implemented in the state. e-challaning is being done in Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Ambala, Panipat, Rohtak, Panchkula, Gurugram and Sonepat through CCTV.

from The Tribune

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