|Early Times Report|
Ramban, Jan 11: District Development Commissioner (DDC), Ramban, Nazim Zai Khan who is also the Chairman, District Road Safety Committee (DRSC) today reviewed the implementation of “District Road Safety Plan” here at a meeting.
He also discussed the modalities to organize different awareness cum informative events during the National Road Safety Month to be started from 18 January across the district.
The DDC took detailed appraisal of the Action Taken Report at the meeting attended by the ADC Harbans Lal, CPO, Dr. Kasturi Lal, ASP, Rajni Sharma, ARTO, Shafqat Majeed, CMO, Dr. Mohd. Fareed Bhat, CEO, Municipal Council Ramban, Executive Engineers of R&B and PMGSY besides officers of other concerned departments.
Discussion was held on various agenda points including strategies & reduction of road fatalities, audit of road segments prone to accidents, Black Spots and rectification, enforcement of traffic laws, strengthening of Highway patrolling, streets lights, installation of crash barriers, maintenance of bridges, checking of overloading and over-speeding of school buses, status and mapping of ambulances on NHs and training of staffs.
The DDC impressed upon the executive agencies to prioritize up-gradation as well as maintenance road works on identified accident prone areas and black spots besides generating awareness among the people for making the roads safe for the commuters in the district.
DDC directed the NHAI, XENs of PWD and PMGSY division Ramban and Banihal to formulate an effective plan to create a safe and convenient road network under District Road Safety Plan besides highlighting structural modifications are required in the existing rotaries and junctions; make necessary improvements for smooth regulation of the traffic.
Directions were also issued to Municipal Council Ramban, MC Banihal, Batote, traffic and motor vehicles department Ramban for identification of parking spaces in their respective towns to enable enforcement of complete ban on roadside parking.
MCs and other concerned departments were directed to remove the hoardings except permitted and Government hoardings alongside national highways and other roads in their respective areas.
The meeting decided to organize health cum awareness camps for drivers, conductors and other stakeholders during the road safety month besides promoting civil society participation in road safety initiatives.
Chairman DRSC commended the efforts of the Motor vehicle department in reducing the road fatalities to 48 against 61 during the corresponding period last year. He also exhorted upon the committee members to work in close co-ordination and efficient manner so that desired results are attained under the plan in time bound manner.