Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a Road Safety Council meeting here at the camp office on Monday, giving a green signal to the Road Safety Fund and other key initiatives.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister directed officials to establish a driving school in each parliamentary constituency in partnership with the APSRTC, where the public and the RTC can use these facilities for training purposes. He insisted on the establishment of trauma care centers in 16 new medical schools ensuring that one in each district is in line with the new districts. He called on the authorities to provide state-of-the-art emergency services using state-of-the-art technology and to bring a rehabilitation center to Visakhapatnam so that the injured can recuperate. He also insisted on the improvisation of the trauma center of the Tirupati Bird Hospital.
On road safety, the chief minister ordered authorities to carry out clear lane markings on the roads and told them to set up special lanes for bicycles and four-wheelers. He also asked officials to focus on putting up speed limit signs and restricting illicit sale of alcohol in roadside dhabas to reduce the number of accidents.
In this context, officials informed that 1190 black spots have been identified across the state and also rectified 520 spots, including the 78 black spots on state roads operated by R&B. Authorities also said 108 ambulances are playing a key role in saving the lives of those at risk, admitting them to nearby hospitals during the Golden Hour.
Speaking on the driver’s license policy, the chief minister asked the authorities to review the policy and roll out effective measures to be taken to reduce the number of road accidents. He said district committees should also be set up to review road accidents and action.
During the meeting, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy gave a nod to the establishment of a road safety lead agency comprising experts from police, transport, health departments and road engineering. He also agreed to set up a road safety fund and give good support to those who bring road accident victims to hospitals. He ordered police to take appropriate action by accessing live crash updates using the iRoad app. He also asked transport officials to implement an automated FC test in PPP mode and further insisted on the steps to be taken to get insurance coverage for road accident victims.