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U.P. Launched Road Safety Policy
Sep 26, 2014

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched the State Road Safety Policy on 22 September. The policy will go a long way in checking road accidents and hence, saving lives in the state. The thrust of the policy would be on spreading awareness about road safety. 

New Zealand would assist the state with regards to innovative use of public messaging, especially through social media, and improving collection and analysis of crash data. 

The highest number of accidents take place in India. And since Uttar Pradesh is home to a large number of people, there is a huge potential here for saving lives with the implementation of this policy. As per National Crime Record Bureau, UP saw about 24,000 cases of road accidents and about 15,000 deaths due to road accidents in 2012.

A Rs. 100 crore Road Safety Fund, supported by an annual contribution of Rs. 50 crore by the World Bank for the next five years, has also been created to ensure sustainable funding of Road Safety Action Plan. A State Road Safety Council with the CM as its president has also been constituted. This council will be responsible for making key decisions for improving road safety through various means.

A high-level Empowered Committee under Chief Secretary would monitor the management of the Road Safety Fund and ensure implementation of directives of the Road Safety Council. A Road Safety Cell under the Transport department would oversee the implementation of the policy.

At the launch of the Road Safety Policy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, claimed that UP was the first state to unveil such a policy. However, Tamil Nadu was the first to announce a Road Safety Policy in 2007. As per World Bank figures, this policy and subsequent measures towards road safety brought down the number of accident fatalities in Tamil Nadu from 13.39 for every 10,000 vehicles in 2006 to 10.09 in 2010, exceeding the targets set by the state. 

The Transport department would be assisted by Health, Police and PWD departments. The Health department has envisaged setting up a Highway Trauma Care Centre which would classify the severity of accidents and ensure emergency medical assistance.

The policy proposed to set up a Highway Police on a pilot basis at NH 25 (Lucknow-Kanpur) and NH 2 corridors passing through the state. A Road Accident Database, Road Accident Data Management System and Accident Compensation Commission have also been recommended.

The highest number of road accidents take place in India. And since Uttar Pradesh is home to a large number of people, there is a huge potential here for saving lives with the implementation of this policy. As per National Crime Record Bureau, UP saw about 24,000 cases of road accidents and about 15,000 deaths due to road accidents in 2012.


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