India seeks co-operation from the various developed countries in innovative technologies and best practices for curbing increasing road accident deaths in the country and to catch up with these nations in terms of development and road safety.

“A clear vision and advanced technology take India to the league of developed nations , we also seek innovative technologies in highway projects and materials and road safety initiatives as India is committed towards reducing fatal road accidents by 50 % by the end of the year 2020 as Country is signatory to UN Decade of Action “ said Mr Nitin Gadkari Union Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) while inaugurating a four day World Road Meeting organized by the Geneva based International Road Federation (IRF) working for better and safer roads world wide.

“As part of government’s policy to reduce road accident deaths, the Ministry of Road Transport has identified about 780 black spots on the National Highways and with investment of Rs 12,000 crore plans to rectify all black spots within next Two years “ said Mr Gadkari

“ As India has shortage of National Highways , Government has major plans for revival of roads and highway sector in the country. The government has set an ambitious target of building 40Km of road per day from next year from the current 28 km per day. The also plans to construct 35 Km of highways under Bharat Mala scheme with investment of Rs Seven Lakh crore” Added Mr Gadkari

“To check pollution Indian government has laid particular emphasis on promoting alternative fuels for vehicles, Ethanol blending programme and utmost priority to reducing CO2 emission” said Mr Gadkari

Over 1,000 global Road safety experts, professionals, companies and Government organisations, active in the road transport and mobility sectors from various parts of the world are taking part in the Four day 18th World Road Meeting (WRM) titled CROSSROADS-WRM 2017 being held at India Expo Mart Limited, GREATER NOIDA, India for the first time

“The International Road Federation’s (IRF) Crossroads-WRM is the global platform to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas among pioneers, businesses and organizations as also to connect high-tech companies, leading experts in the field and the Governments, making mobility a positive reality for everyone. The WRM includes a Conference and an Exhibition, a Young Professional Lab and an Innovation Café and provides an outlet for sharing cutting-edge research, best practices, and experiences, from across the world, and is intended to be a premier knowledge event for discussing important issues facing the road, transport and mobility sectors,” said Mr K K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF) speaking on the occassion .

The other dignitaries who were present during the inauguration ceremony included the Ms. Anne Berner, Minister of Transport, Finland, Mr. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Canada, Mr. Ditrih Evgeny Ivanovich, First Deputy Minister of Transport of Russian Federation, Minister of PWD and Transport, Goa, Mr. Yoonus Khan, Minister of PWD & Transport, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Jean Todt , President, FIA (Federation International Automobile) and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Geneva, Switzerland, and Mr. R. C. Bhargava, Non-Executive Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

Mr Gadkari also presented Road safety awards to Dr Rohit Baluja of Indian Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and Mr John Todt presdent IFA.

“The major highlight of the WRM 2017 is an exhibition showcasing state-of-the-art technologies on road safety and traffic regulations including control systems, communication and navigation devices, driver training systems, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Barriers, Vehicle Detection, Speed Cameras, License Plate Recognition, Vehicle Classification, Fibre Optics, Road Signs, Highway Infrastructure, latest parking technologies, Road Building, Road Marking & Equipment, Street Lighting, Parking, Pay & Display, Traffic Management, Display Systems, Traffic Monitoring, and Traffic Control Signalling,” said Mr Kapila.

Some of the major Sponsors and exhibitors include Michelin, 3M, Swarco, Sadbhav, KMC, Gammon, ZF International, Maruti Suzuki, Dinesh Chandra Agarwal Infracon Ltd, Roads Australia, Hindustan Petroleum, J. K. Cement, IL&FS Transportation, Maccaferri, Abu Dhabi Road Congress, L&T and Afcons, amongst others.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the NITI Aayog, all the national Chambers of Commerce and a number of national and international organisations.