Punjab Transport Minister S. Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Monday, urged all of the stakeholders to actively contribute to decreasing the street accidents mortality fee within the state.
Addressing the occasion after kick beginning the Road Safety month, spanning from January 15 to February 14, 2024, which is being organized by the Punjab State Road Safety Council right here at Punjab Civil Secretariat-2, the Transport Minister burdened the significance of year-round dedication to street security by involved departments, NGOs and commuters past simply the designated month.
Highlighting the constructive influence of measures carried out by Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led authorities, together with the Sadak Surkhiya Force (SSF) and steady and efficient monitoring; the Cabinet Minister knowledgeable that as per the Annual Report on Punjab Road Crashes and Traffic-2022, the state skilled a 0.24% lower in street accident fatalities in 2022 in comparison with the earlier yr.
Despite a nationwide improve of 9.4% in street fatalities in 2022, S. Laljit Singh Bhullar stated that Punjab noticed a decline, registering 4, 578 street accident fatalities. He identified over-speeding and animal-related incidents as main causes, with 2085 deaths attributed to over-speeding and 421 to animal involvement within the yr 2022.
S. Laljit Singh Bhullar additionally launched the report “Identification and Rectification of Accident Black Spots in Punjab for Phase-III (2019-2021)”, revealing that as per the third report, a complete 583 black spots have been recognized within the state and round 60 p.c of theses have been rectified to date. He stated that the state of Punjab is acknowledged by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for main in identification and correction of black spots. He stated that rectifying these spots on nationwide highways resulted in round 40 p.c discount in street fatalities on/close to black spots and complete 10 p.c decline on the National Highways throughout the state.
The Cabinet Minister expressed concern, noting that each fifth affected person in hospital is a street accident sufferer. He emphasised the numerous financial influence, stating that deaths in street accidents trigger an annual lack of about Rs.21000 crores, roughly 3 p.c of the state’s GDP, for households, relations and the state.
Acknowledging the problem of foggy-season accidents, S. Bhullar instructed site visitors police to penalize heavy automobiles inflicting hazards throughout this era.
He counseled NGOs concerned in street security and introduced their recognition on Republic Day. The Cabinet Minister urged these organizations to offer strategies for enhancing street security measures.
Prominent amongst others who have been current within the assembly included; During the assembly Secretary Transport S. Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia, Director General Lead Agency Mr. R. Venkat Ratnam, State Transport Commissioner Mr. Moneesh Kumar, Director Public Relations Department S. Bhupinder Singh, ADGP (Traffic) Mr. A.S. Rai, Traffic Advisor Punjab Mr. Navdeep Asija and NHAI, PWD, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab Mandi Board, School Education officers have been additionally current.
Mr. Harman Sidhu from NGO ‘Arrive Safe’, Mr. Ravi Ahluwalia from ‘Patiala Foundation’, Mr. Deepak Sharma from ‘Mayank Foundation’, Mr. Harpreet Singh from ‘Avoid Accident’ and Mr. Jaspreet Chabra from NGO ‘Muktisar’ have been additionally current within the assembly.
Various actions to be organized throughout street security month
Laljit Singh Bhullar knowledgeable that numerous actions are deliberate for the Road Safety month by involved division in collaboration with NGOs together with cycle/two-wheeler rallies, affixing retro-reflective tapes on transport automobiles, nukkad talks with drivers, consciousness campaigns on seat belts and helmets and particular drives towards pink gentle violations, overspeeding and drunk driving. Similarly, the Road Owning Departments will deal with cleansing roadside vegetation, putting in street signage and addressing avenue gentle points and identification of accident-prone spots. The School Education, Higher Education and Technical Education departments will set up walkathons, poster making and quiz competitions, exhibitions and lectures on street security by NGOs and Road Safety consultants.
Besides this, the Transport Department in collaboration with the Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education & Research will conduct medical/eye checkup camps for drivers and lift consciousness about overloading and health certificates for automobiles. The Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education & Research departments will make go to to Trauma Care Centers to checkup about workers place.