Murmu reviews road safety initiatives’ implementation

Tribune News Service Jammu, February 19 Lt-Governor Girish Chandra Murmu today reviewed the implementation of road safety initiatives across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting with the top functionaries of the Transport Department and Traffic Police at the Civil Secretariat here.

During the meeting, the Lt-Governor emphasised on the strict enforcement of traffic regulations and awareness regarding road safety, which is essential for preventing road accidents. He also called for inclusion of a chapter on road safety and traffic sense in the school academic curriculum and utilisation of trained NCC and NSS cadets in traffic management. Taking a brief review of the factors responsible for road accidents, the Lt-Governor asked the officers to identify the causes of accidents and take effective corrective measures with regard to the black spots.

The Lt-Governor directed the officers to prepare DPRs for establishing trauma centres on highways and also in border areas with frequent ceasefire violations. He directed the officers to roll out an effective action plan for the successful implementation of all road safety measures, including interceptors, installation of GPS in patrol vehicles and equipping the Traffic Police with speed guns and other such advanced devices for proper traffic management. He directed them to increase highway patrolling, install CCTVs in the areas witnessing increased violations of traffic norms and prepare a database of places requiring underpasses, service roads, etc.

He directed for installation of traffic signage on all roads across J&K, especially the roads vulnerable to accidents. The Lt-Governor reviewed the steps being taken in conducting the health checkups of all the drivers and sought a report on the unfit drivers. He directed the officers to furnish a report of the driving institutes and put a third party audit check on the certifications by such institutes.

Stressing on removing encroachments and fixing responsibilities, the Lt-Governor asked the municipal corporations and development authorities to intensity anti-encroachment drives and asked the officers to mobilise mohalla committees and locals for removing encroachments, besides designating spaces for hawkers. He also laid special focus on removing encroachments from bus-stands and railway stations. Regarding parking spaces, the Lt-Governor asked the officers concerned to identify and notify parking spaces and prepare DPRs for multilevel parkings to address the problem.

The Lt-Governor asked the officers to plug all unauthorised cuts along the road dividers on the national highways.

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