Road Safety Council proposes identification of accident ’Black Spots’ across the city and NH
A Road Safety Council Meeting was held at the Minister’s conference hall at Assam Secretariat, Dispur on Wednesday under the aegis of Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary. The minister in the meeting voiced his concern over the increasing number of road accidents and fatalities in the State.
The minister asked the officials from Police, PWD (Roads), State Highways (SH), National Highways (NH), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) to take adequate measure for identification, rectification and monitoring of ‘black spots’ and to ensure that proper signages, lighting and markings are done along with other compliances conforming with the road safety principles.
The Road Safety Council accorded highest priority in monitoring the black spots and that accidents are not repeated on the identified black spots for which a Lead Agency has been constituted to devote itself to road safety standards and will be led by Nodal Officer Lalit Gogoi.
The Road Safety Council also proposed that the best three performing SPs and DTOs in implementing road safety measures in their respective districts would be awarded by the Chief Minister in the forthcoming Republic Day.
Another proposal put forward was that all cinema halls across the state must show a short film/clip on road safety before beginning of each show. The Council directed that Transport Officials should cancel the licence of all private bus/ taxi counters operating within 500 metres in Guwahati of ASTC Station and within 300 metres at all places in the State. These counters should be cancelled and removed by taking help of police and magistrate.
The proposal to establish Trauma Centres, Logistic Hubs, new ISBTs was also discussed and issues on encroachment on pedestrian pathways by street vendors, shifting of distracting hoardings located within 100 metres from NH and SH, shifting of liquor shops operating on NH and SH was also discussed.