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Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
07 JAN 2019 4:59PM by PIB Delhi
Monitoring of Accidents on National Highways

As per the provisions in the Concession Agreement BOT/OMT, the Concessionaire is required to provide one ambulance, one crane/one patrolling vehicle at each fee plaza. There is also one first aid room at every toll plaza. The concessionaire/O&M agencies are monitoring the accidents and providing ambulance and first aid to the victims of accidents within their respective National Highway section. Similarly, all O&M contractors are providing the above facilities on their projects under incident management.

 

The State-wise details of deaths that took place in road accidents during the last three calendar years i.e. from 2015 to 2017 are given in the table below :

 

Total number of deaths that took place in Road Accidents during the last three years: 2015 to 2017

S. No.

State /UTs

2015

2016

2017

  1.  

Andhra Pradesh

8297

8541

8060

  1.  

Arunachal Pradesh

127

149

110

  1.  

Assam

2397

2572

2783

  1.  

Bihar

5121

4901

5554

  1.  

Chhattisgarh

4082

3908

4136

  1.  

Goa

311

336

328

  1.  

Gujarat

8119

8136

7289

  1.  

Haryana

4879

5024

5120

  1.  

Himachal Pradesh

1096

1271

1203

  1.  

Jammu & Kashmir

917

958

926

  1.  

Jharkhand

2893

3027

3256

  1.  

Karnataka

10856

11133

10609

  1.  

Kerala

4196

4287

4131

  1.  

Madhya Pradesh

9314

9646

10177

  1.  

Maharashtra

13212

12935

12264

  1.  

Manipur

139

81

136

  1.  

Meghalaya

183

150

182

  1.  

Mizoram

72

70

60

  1.  

Nagaland

30

46

41

  1.  

Odisha

4303

4463

4790

  1.  

Punjab

4893

5077

4463

  1.  

Rajasthan

10510

10465

10444

  1.  

Sikkim

70

85

78

  1.  

Tamil Nadu

15642

17218

16157

  1.  

Telangana

7110

7219

6596

  1.  

Tripura

158

173

161

  1.  

Uttarakhand

913

962

942

  1.  

Uttar Pradesh

17666

19320

20124

  1.  

West Bengal

6234

6544

5769

  1.  

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

23

17

21

  1.  

Chandigarh

129

151

107

  1.  

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

42

46

43

  1.  

Daman & Diu

42

38

36

  1.  

Delhi

1622

1591

1584

  1.  

Lakshadweep

0

1

0

  1.  

Puducherry

235

244

233

Total

146133

150785

147913

 

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has taken a number of steps including long term strategy to prevent road accidents and road accident fatalities as per details mentioned under: -

 

  1. The Government has approved a National Road Safety Policy.  This Policy outlines various policy measures such as promoting awareness, establishing road safety information data base, encouraging safer road infrastructure including application of intelligent transport, enforcement of safety laws etc.
  2. The Government has constituted the National Road Safety Council as the apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety.
  3. The Ministry has constituted Group of Ministers of State Transport Ministers to examine the best practices of Transport and suggest issues to improve road safety.
  4. Based on the recommendation of Group of Minister, the Ministry introduced Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017 covering entire gamut of road safety.
  5. The Bill contains the provision of creation of Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, implementation of Cashless Treatment Scheme during Golden Hour, setting up of a dedicated agency for road safety viz. National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board (NRSTMB), enhancement of penalty for traffic rule violations, etc. which have direct impact on road safety.
  6. The Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on 4 ‘E’s viz. Education, Engineering (both of roads and vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency Care.
  7. Road safety has been made an integral part of road design at planning stage. 
  8. Road Safety Audit of selected stretches of National Highways has been taken up.
  9. The threshold for four laning of national highway has been reduced from 15,000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) to 10,000 PCUs. About 52,000 Km of stretches of State Highways has been identified for conversion to national highways.
  10. Setting up of model driving training institutes in States and refresher training to drivers of Heavy Motor Vehicle in the unorganized sector.
  11. Advocacy/Publicity campaign on road safety through the electronic and print media.
  12. Tightening of safety standards for vehicles like Seat Belts, anti-lock braking system etc.
  13. High priority has been accorded to identification and rectification of black spots (accident prone spots) on national highways.
  14. Guidelines for identification and rectification of black spots, carrying out road safety audits and preparation of road safety improvement proposals on NHs and also guidelines on implementation of road safety engineering measures on state roads under Central Road Fund (CRF) have been issued. 
  15. 789 black spots based on fatalities in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 calendars years have been identified. So far 189 spots have already been rectified. Rectification measures at 256 spots have been sanctioned which are in various stages of implementation. 138 spots are on State Government roads / with other agencies. The balance 206 spots would be taken separately or would be rectified as part of ongoing projects. 
  16. As a measure of supplementing the efforts of States / UTs for minimizing the accident potential at the identified locations / stretches through engineering improvement on state roads, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways had taken a decision to sanction road safety works on state roads with an earmarked allocation of 10% of funds allocated to the state roads under Central Road Fund. 
  17. Ministry has delegated powers to Regional Officers of MORTH for technical approval to the detailed estimates for rectification of identified Road Accident black spots for expediting the rectification process to ensure safety of road users.
  18. Ministry had issued guidelines vide O.M. dated 14.1.2016 for taking up of Road Safety Audits on National Highways either as part of EPC/BOT projects or as stand-alone Road Safety Audits.
  19. Guidelines for pedestrian facilities on National Highways for persons with disabilities have also been issued to all States / UTs.
  20. In order to ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has envisaged a plan for replacement of all the Level Crossing on National Highways by ROBs / RUBs and replacement / widening / strengthening of weak and narrow bridges under a scheme Setu Bhartam. Under this programme, construction of 208 Level Crossings at an estimated cost of Rs. 20,800 Crore are included.
  21. Two National Level Workshops and several Regional Training workshops in 11 states have been organized on Road Safety Engineering.
  22.  A Certification Course for Road Safety Auditors has been commenced in Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) and 42 Auditors are certified.
  23.  Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has constituted a District Road Safety Committee in each district of the country to promote awareness amongst road users under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the district.
  24. During 2017-18, National Highways Authority India (NHAI) has conducted the “Free Eye Check-up” campaign at 50 selected Toll-Plazas in order to reduce the no. of accidents involving Multi Axle Vehicles/Trucks and distributed free glasses to the Truck Drivers having poor vision.

This information was given by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways in response to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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