Road safety

Delhi LG leads replenishment of district road safety committees

District Traffic Safety Committees will provide forensic investigation for all mass fatalities.

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HT automatic office

June 26, 2022, 1:16 p.m.

India reports over 3.5 million road accidents each year. (HT_PRINT)

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has issued instructions for the reconstitution of District Road Safety Committees with a mandate to carry out periodic reviews of road accidents in their respective jurisdictions, a PTI report claims. The report also states that the replenishment was ordered in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).

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The district road safety committee will meet at least fortnightly on a virtual platform and will meet physically at least once a month in a place prescribed by the chairman, i.e. the district magistrate, says The report. Minutes of the meeting will be made public on the district website within 48 hours of the meeting and will also be uploaded to the MoRTH portal.

The committee is made up of the District Magistrate as Chairman and members including the Deputy Commissioner of Police, District Medical Officer, Executive Engineers of Road Owner Agencies, MoRTH Representative, NHAI Project Manager, executive of municipal bodies, at least one civil society organization working on road safety and district transport officer.

This committee is also responsible for developing a district road safety plan. Apart from this, it will also ensure forensic investigation for all mass fatalities and optimal positioning of ambulances to help improve response time and transfer time to hospitals, the report claims. The committee shall publish traffic accident data in the public domain monthly on the district website portal and the MoRTH portal.

India is one of the countries with an alarming number of road accidents. A large number of people die each year due to these road accidents, while more people are seriously injured due to road accidents. The MoRTH and the Delhi government have been emphasizing road safety and determining the reasons for fatal accidents. One of the measures already implemented to limit road accidents is the use of lanes reserved for buses.

Date of first publication: June 26, 2022, 1:16 p.m. IST