CM lays impetus on increasing awareness to curb road accidents

Central Chronicle News
Raipur, Jun 01: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday chaired a state-level review meeting of Transport department. He initiated the meeting by instructing the officers immediately launch state-wide awareness drive to curb rising cases of road accidents in the state. For achieving this motive, he asked the officials to take up awareness campaigns at all educational institutions and even at local market places. He also advised for laying impetus on imparting driving training under skill development programme so that youths of the state not only become better drivers but will also open avenues for them to obtain job in the field of transport. This will help improve the serious shortage of trained drivers in industrial and mining sector, he added.
He went on to add that ensuring safety of common man should be the top priority of Transport department. Referring to advancement in the field of automobiles, he said that high-speed vehicles have taken to road in recent years and that too in large numbers. Stating this as one of them main cause of ever rising cases of road accidents, he asked the officials to take up intense awareness drive in various sectors, specially, the educational institutions and the crowded market places telling all the importance of wearing helmet or fastening seat belts while driving. Referring the cases of rash driving, particularly in mining areas, the Chief Minister said that most of the vehicles used in this sector are highly ill-maintained and even worse is that they are driven basically driven by untrained drivers. As such, it is the duty of Transport department to keep a strict vigil on these vehicles and their driver. Also, licences to such drivers should be provided only after thorough training. Another point which he discussed at length was the issue of overloading of vehicles in mining and industrial sector. In order to curb this, he asked the officials to inter-link all weighbridges through computer network and make their data online which will help curb instances of overloading.
Before concluding, the Chief Minister also directed the officials to increase the number of city buses within the municipal limits and also asked them to encourage youths into operating buses in rural areas which will immensely help solve the transportation issue in those areas. The meeting, among others, was also attended by Transport Minister Mohammad Akbar, DGP DM Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) RP Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain, Secretary (Health) Niharika Barik Singh and special Secretary (Urban Administration) Alarmel Mangai D.

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