Highway accidents on wane, claims Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Oct 2017 09:17:21


Staff Reporter,

“National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has succeeded in reducing 5 per cent accidents on highways,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport, and Shipping in a free eye check up camp organised at National Highway- 7 near Panjari Toll Plaza. With pro-driver steps and improvement in road conditions, we can save the lives of 50,000 persons in next five years in the road accidents, Gadkari promised.

Every year 1.5 lakh people die in around 5 lakh accident cases on the roads. There are several reasons for the accidents including faulty roads, weak eyesight among others, said Gadkari while appreciating the free eye check up organised by NHAI. D O Tawade, Technical Member of NHAI, Atul Kumar, Chief General Manager of NHAI, and MLA Sameer Meghe were present on the dais. He said, there is a need of 22 lakh trained drivers in the country and NHAI has decided to give permission to open 2,000 driving schools in next two years to train drivers. The Transport Ministry has directed to install air circulating fans in the cabin of truck drivers so that they can enjoy stress free driving.

A week-long eye check up has been organised at 50 places at national level in 21 states for drivers and conductors.
The NHAI will open drivers club at 700 places to provide residence and food to the truck drivers during their travel.
The road amenities will have garden, mall, and rest rooms. The tender process for the 70 centre has began.