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Road Accidents Take 15K Lives

Bhubaneswar: As many as 15,386 precious lives have been lost to road accidents in Odisha in the last three years-2018,2019 and 2020.

This was revealed by Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera in a written reply to BJD legislator Amar Prasad Satpathy in the State Assembly on Thursday.

while 5,315 people were killed in road accidents in the State in 2018, 5,333 lives were lost in 2019 and 4,738 in 2020, the minister said.

There has been an 11 per cent fall in the death rate in 2020 as compared to 2019.

In a bid to reduce road accidents and consequent fatalities, the Odisha government last month roped in Save Life India Foundation (SLF) to improve road safety and trauma care services in the State.

The SLF will also assist the government in forming a technical support unit (TSU) for road safety at the office of the State Transport Authority.

The team will analyse the policy framework on road safety and recommend changes or modifications to ensure effective implementation.

Earlier, Behera had told the House in a written reply that a total of 335 black spots have been identified on roads in Odisha and out of them the highest number-34 are located in Cuttack district followed by 29 each in Khordha and Angul, 28 in Sundargarh, 26 in Ganjam, 24 in Nayagarh and 23 in Jajpur.