While identifying the Hazardous and Black Spots and the Highway authorities have been asked to take steps for web reporting of road conditions, so that public can share information on hazardous spots through website.
With National Highways turning out to be ‘Most Accident Prone’, State Government is worried over such a situation.
Under this backdrop, APC, G K Dhal, Chairman of the State Road Safety Committee asked the officials to chalk out integrated strategy for reduction of Road Accidents and Fatalities.
Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport Sanjay Rastogi, Transport Commissioner D S Kutey and other senior officials and NGO Representatives were present in the meeting.
More than 40 Percent Road accidents are occurring on the National Highways as revealed in the recently held meeting on the Raod Safety.
And more number of districts are added to the list of ‘High Accident Prone’ , which is equally worrisome.
Latest Statistics on Road Accidents reveal that 38 Percent of Fata and 32 Percent of the Road Accidents are occuring in the Police districts of Sundargarh, Ganjam, Berhampur, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar.
Odisha is one of the States in the country, where fatality rate due to road Accident is highest and that due to non observance of traffic rules by the drivers, pointed out an Expert on Road Safety.
It was decided in the meeting that District Road Safety Committees are to be strengthened and the District Team of Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Divisional Manager OSRTC to give route checking report especially for bus routes every month regularly.
These Committees will review the accidents and the districts with high fatality rate will find out the reasons for curbing such menace.
In order to provide proper training more driver training institutes in collaboration with top Corporate Sector like Tata Motors, Leyland, OLA and others will facilitate at least one lakh drivers training in the State.
The Committee decided that heavy vehicle and buses to have two drivers compulsory and night travel buses will have two drivers.
There will be more signage of road safety and all the Black Spots to be addressed in one month by NHAI authorities.
Enforcement to be strengthened with more checking and penalty as well as steps will be taken for checking out outdated heavy vehicle and buses strengthening interactions with bus owners.
Chatia Driving Training Institute capacity will be increased and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Code of Conduct for every driver based on local conditions and roads will be developed.
Committee decided to make Driving License eligibility more stringent with 90 percent pass mark for eligible with written test and zero percent tolerance for practical driving.
CCTV to be put in all driving test areas/ centers within one month and all drivers license video to be connected online, decided the Committee, said an official.