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Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that the government is committed to reduce the number of road accidents by 50 per cent in the next two years and is employing various measures to achieve this objective. These measures are geared to tackle the problem through a multi-pronged strategy which includes effective road engineering solutions at the design stage, rectification of accident black spots, improvement in automobile engineering, driver education and revision and effective enforcement of laws.
Gadkari was speaking at a one-day national level workshop on Road Safety Engineering Measures organised by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in New Delhi.
Speaking on the importance of road engineering in preventing accidents and the resultant loss of lives, the minister said that simple and well thought out designs like the height of road dividers, placement of over-bridges and underpasses at appropriate places or the placement and design of speed breakers can often be very effective in ensuring safety on roads. Gadkari called upon all project directors and regional officers of highway projects to adopt a sensitive, sensible, time-bound and result oriented approach to tackle the problem of road accidents and take up the work of rectification of accident black spots in mission mode. He also called upon all highway engineers to ensure that sound engineering solutions are put in place at the design stage of a highway itself.
The workshop was organised by the Road Safety Cell of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Road safety engineering experts from different parts of the country, highway engineers of all states and UTs, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, NHAI, NHIDCL and other Central and state organisations participated in the workshop. Various experts gave presentations on various issues. Many manufacturers and suppliers of road safety engineering products also exhibited their products at the venue.