Thursday, December 20, 2018

Road Safety Workshop by Transport Department held

Port Blair, Dec.19: Transport Department has organized a road safety workshop with the assistance of Ministry of Road Port Transport & Highways and Association of State Road Transport Undertakings at Megapode Resort here yesterday. All the stakeholders of this UT in respect of road safety like Education Department, Health Department, Police Department, APWD Department, ACCI, Driving Schools, Dealers of automobiles etc., participated in the workshop.
The road safety workshop was inaugurated by Shri. Vikram Dev Dutt, Pr. Secretary, A & N Administration as chief guest and was also attended by the senior officials of the Administration. In his inaugural address, the chief guest pointed out that road safety is synonymous with its value in human life. The present system of acting on the basis of analysis of data after the occurrence of accidents needs to changed to pro active preventive measures like identifying the accident prone zones and taking remedial measures. Hence huge responsibility lies on the part of road constructing agencies and major portion of the road safety issues can be tackled at the initial stages of road design. He emphasized on immediate need for adopting broader vision to target the root level issues responsible for causing an accident. To achieve this purpose, he suggested targeting the school children and adopting innovative ideas to educate the drivers/general public on road safety. It was also suggested to organize such workshops with larger participation of general public, drivers unions etc. Drivers need to be sensitized not only about the loss of life but also the tragedies faced by the entire family due to the untimely loss of bread earner. Violators of law provision as well as applicants coming for renewal/ learner’s license may be made to attend mandatory road safety classes showing related videos. Winners of various competitions on road safety held during the past week with the help of Education Department were also given the prizes.
The Secretary (Transport), Udit Prakash Rai, while welcoming the gathering informed about various activities being carried out by the Department for ensuring road safety and for improving the public transport. He also highlighted the special initiatives being taken by the Department for the benefit of the general public such as computerized ticketing (any where any place), construction of Bus Queue Shelter of uniform design with passenger information system on build, operate & transfer basis, better parking infrastructure, multilayered parking with better regulation, stringent action against violators involving in fatal accidents, operation of AC mini buses to strengthen city public transport service in Port Blair and Havelock on hiring Scheme etc. Department also has plans to procure electric buses for minimizing pollution and for decongesting the city traffic, a committee has been formed to analyze the traffic flow and suggest measures to improve it.
For improving the passenger facilities for passenger hall of bus terminus will be made air conditioned. Under the Smart City Plan, new modern bus port is also likely to come up soon for which sufficient land is available. General Public has also been advised to furnish suggestions on improving the Road Safety.
The representative from MoRTH advocated the necessity for making the practice of Road Safety as a habit of life and gave valuable inputs. The inaugural session was followed by a technical interactive session chaired by Shri. Navlendra Kumar Singh, Director of Transport where all the stakeholder departments like Transport, Health, Education, Police, and APWD & ACCI shared the practices, problems and suggestions as well as remedial measures. Valuable suggestions were received from the participants to address some of the basic issues related to road safety. The workshop concluded with valedictory address by the Director of Transport who stressed on the importance of road safety in the life of all citizens. He also emphasized that all efforts on spreading awareness would be taken by the Government but at the same time stringent action would be taken against violators.

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