New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said it has proposed to set up a National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board to ensure road safety and better traffic management.
“A Draft Cabinet note in this regard has been circulated to the concerned ministries/ departments seeking their comments,” minister of state for road transport and highways M.S. Khandela told Lok Sabha in reply to a query.
“The Committee of Secretaries (CoS) and the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) have already agreed to the proposal to create the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board recommended by Sundar Committee,” he said.
A new Act will be created to facilitate the formation of the board. The proposed bill in this regard envisages creating similar state-level Road Safety and Traffic Management Boards.
Once the board comes into existence it will ensure that the number of road accidents are minimised.
In a separate reply to Lok Sabha, minister for road transport and highways Kamal Nath said the ministry has been taking a number of steps to prevent road accidents.
“Various steps to enhance road safety such as ...road markings, introduction of highways traffic management system, enhancement of discipline among contractors, road safety audit on selected stretches, have been undertaken...,” Nath said.
The total number of road accidents on national highways rose to 138,922 in 2007 from 130,265 in 2004 while the number of people killed in accidents increased to 40,612 in 2007 from 34,723 in 2004, he added.