|Mr K K Kapila Chairman , IRF|
“ India accounts for more than 10 per cent of the total fatal road accidents world wide as the data on road accidents shows that, during the year 2014, about 1.41 lakh people lost their lives in total of 4.5 lakh road accidents and about 4.8 lakh got injured. The fatalities rate had recorded a jump of 3% in comparison to 2013. India being a signatory to the UN General Assembly, which recognized the clear impact of road accidents on global health, adopted 2011-2020 as the UN Decade of Action for road fatalities and accordingly has set a target to reduce them by 50% by 2020.” said Mr K K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation in a press statement today.
“ Despite various initiatives taken by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the current scenario demands that the efforts have to be intensified and carried on at a more micro level. The complexity of road safety, more so in a vast country like India, when localised will produce better and faster results. One such localisation can be implemented through the local area peoples’ representatives – the MPs and MLAs. As per the current provisions, the Development Funds under MPLAD can be used for construction of footpaths, pedestrian ways, signage’s, education, road engineering etc.” Mr Kapila Said.
“The MPs/MLAs, in a show of responsibility towards their area, as a part of the development work, need to encourage and focus on road safety. In association with the Resident Welfare Associations (RWA’s) As and related local authorities, relevant programmes, such as removal of black spots, construction of footpaths, pedestrian ways, road safety awareness education, traffic obedience and enforcement must be adopted and funded. This would successfully sensitise the general masses to appreciate the importance of adopting safe road practices.” He added.