Naren­dra Modi, Prime Min­is­ter

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In a ma­jor re­lief for peo­ple trav­el­ling on the Vado­daraSu­rat sec­tion of NH-8 (New NH-48), Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi ded­i­cated a new four lane, Ex­tra­dosed Bridge across river Nar­mada at Bharuch to the nation to­day. Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony this af­ter­noon, the Prime Min­is­ter said that the Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways will con­vert eight state high­ways of Gu­jarat to Na­tional High­ways, and this will give a big boost to the infrastructure of the state. Also speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Shri Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways and Ship­ping said that it is a mat­ter of pride that the Nar­mada bridge that is unique, has been ded­i­cated to the nation by the Prime Min­is­ter. He in­formed that the project has been com­pleted in 34 months at a cost of Rs 380 crores. Shri Gad­kari said that projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore will be car­ried out in Gu­jarat. The 1.4 km ‘Ex­tra­dose’ ca­ble stayed bridge is the long­est in In­dia and the sec­ond such bridge in the coun­try af­ter Nivedita Setu over Hooghly. The bridge is 20.8 me­tres wide, with 14.5 me­tre car­riage­way and 3 me­tre foot­path. It is sup­ported on 9 Py­lons of 36 me­ter height on pile foun­da­tion of 1.5me­tre di­am­e­ter. The bridge will be lit by more than 400 LED lights. The bridge is part of Na­tional High­ways Author­ity of In­dia’s project for six lan­ing of Ahmed­abad-Mum­bai sec­tion of NH-8 (To­tal length of 6.745 Km be­tween km.192.00 to km.198.745.) in Baruch district of the state of Gu­jarat. This sec­tion of NH 8 will have State of the Art High­way Traf­fic Man­age­ment Sys­tem (HTMS), Vari­able Mes­sage Sign Boards, Me­dian Plan­ta­tion, Traf­fic Aid Post, Med­i­cal Aid Post, RFID and Smart Card Swap­ping en­abled infrastructure at the Toll Plaza and Theme Light­ing on the main bridge.

Min­istry of Road Trans­port’s New For­mat for Re­port­ing Ac­ci­dents

An ex­pert com­mit­tee was con­sti­tuted by Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways to re­view the for­mat for re­port­ing of road ac­ci­dents. The com­mit­tee headed by Se­nior Ad­viser of the Trans­port Re­search Wing and con­sist­ing of ex­perts from IIT Delhi, IIT Kharag­pur, WHO, se­nior of­fi­cers from the Po­lice and Trans­port De­part­ments of States, Min­istry of Health & Fam­ily Wel­fare, sub­mit­ted its rec­om­men­da­tions, which have also been ac­cepted by Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways. Brief­ing the media in the cap­i­tal to­day, Mrs Kirti Sax­ena, Se­nior Ad­viser of Trans­port Re­search Wing and Chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee said that FIRs at po­lice sta­tion suf­fer from un­der re­port­ing of data from the ac­ci­dent site, which is there­fore in­ac­cu­rate and in­com­plete. She in­formed that the com­mit­tee met a num­ber of times to look into the weak­nesses of the ex­ist­ing for­mat for re­port­ing ac­ci­dents. Af­ter study­ing the way ac­ci­dents are re­ported in var­i­ous states and also in other coun­tries, the new for­mat was rec­om­mended to the Min­istry. She also stated that the main role would be that of the po­lice for whom work­shops would have to be held. Prof. Gee­tam Ti­wari from IIT Delhi and mem­ber of the com­mit­tee elab­o­rated on the salient fea­tures of the new for­mat. She in­formed that at present re­ports are col­lected from po­lice sta­tions and State Gov­ern­ments send their re­port to the Cen­tre. She ex­pressed the hope that the new for­mat would fill in gaps in re­port­ing of ac­ci­dents by min­i­miz­ing sub­jec­tiv­ity.

Prof. Sudeshna Mi­tra of IIT Kharag­pur and mem­ber of the com­mit­tee said that record­ing of the ac­ci­dent site will play cru­cial role in the task of re­port­ing. She added that the GPS de­tail will en­able to un­der­stand the road de­sign at site. Be­sides, ve­hi­cle anal­y­sis and also per­son re­lated de­tails would help in an­a­lyz­ing the ac­ci­dents. The record­ing of ac­ci­dent data is done in FIRs at po­lice sta­tions. These records are li­able to be sub­jec­tive as the po­lice per­son­nel fill it up ac­cord­ing to their un­der­stand­ing and as­sign rea­sons for ac­ci­dents as per their in­ter­pre­ta­tion. There are ap­pre­hen­sions that due to lim­ited tech­ni­cal un­der­stand­ing, the po­lice per­sons record­ing the data are not able to rec­og­nize the role of road en­gi­neer­ing de­fects, the na­ture of im­pact­ing ve­hi­cles and other such tech­ni­cal de­tails that may have caused the ac­ci­dent. As a re­sult, these as­pects that are so vi­tal for en­sur­ing road safety but re­main un­re­ported or un­der re­ported. Af­ter a series of de­lib­er­a­tions the com­mit­tee has de­vel­oped a uni­form ac­ci­dent Record­ing For­mat to be adopted by the po­lice in all states and UTs. The ac­ci­dent Record­ing Form has five sec­tions de­signed to cap­ture all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion like ac­ci­dent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion/lo­ca­tion, road con­di­tion, ve­hi­cles in­volved and vic­tim de­tails. Sec­tion A con­tains ac­ci­dent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­tails like lo­ca­tion, ve­hi­cle type etc. Sec­tion B cap­tures road con­di­tions and fea­tures like cul­vert, gra­di­ent, pot­hole etc. Sec­tion C would cap­ture de­tails about ve­hi­cle – both mo­tor­ized and non mo­tor­ized, over­load­ing etc. Sec­tion D would cap­ture traf­fic vi­o­la­tions by driv­ers and Sec­tion E would cap­ture de­tails about per­sons other than driv­ers in­volved in the ac­ci­dent. The form is sim­ple and would be easy for the po­lice per­sons at thana lev­els to un­der­stand and fill up. It also min­i­mizes sub­jec­tive el­e­ments. In ad­di­tion to the above, the com­mit­tee has also de­vel­oped a set of cor­re­spond­ing an­nual road ac­ci­dent data Re­port­ing For­mat con­sist­ing of 17 forms in which the states/ UTs would be re­quired to fur­nish the an­nual road ac­ci­dent data to TRW of the Min­istry within one month of the com­ple­tion of a cal­en­dar year. This de­vel­op­ment is im­por­tant as the data forms the ba­sis for an­a­lyz­ing the cause of ac­ci­dents, iden­ti­fy­ing black spots and tak­ing cor­rec­tive steps to elim­i­nate the same. This is also the data that gets com­piled by the Trans­port Re­search Wing of the Min­istry in its an­nual pub­li­ca­tion Road Ac­ci­dents in In­dia. Over a pe­riod of time the data will re­veal pat­terns which will pro­vide so­lu­tions and en­able ac­tion to be taken.

NHIDCL Started Work for Bet­ter Road Con­nec­tiv­ity in NE Re­gion

The Na­tional High­way & Infrastructure De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (NHIDCL) has started de­vel­op­ment work in NER and so far projects ag­gre­ga­tion to 1188km at a cost of Rs.14,830 Crore. The im­prove­ment of NH 27 (old NH-54) con­nect­ing Dima Hasao and Cachar dis­tricts ag­gre­gat­ing to about 130km is in progress as part of East West Cor­ri­dor. Im­prove­ment of about 166km of NH-6 (62km of old NH-40 & 104km of old NH-44) in the Megha­laya is in progress. For im­prove­ment and main­te­nance of Malid­har-Badarpur sec­tion of NH-6 (old NH-44) of about 33km and for Dhaleswari-Bilkawth­lir sec­tion of NH-6 (old NH-154) ag­gre­gat­ing to about 147km works have been sanc­tioned by the Min­istry and are in var­i­ous stage of progress. In re­spect of Badarpur – Sab­room sec­tion of NH-8 (old NH-44) ag­gre­gat­ing to about 387km, works for its im­prove­ment and main­te­nance have been sanc­tioned by the Min­istry ex­cept for a length of about 114 km be­tween Chu­raibari and Agar­tala. The Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways is pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of Na­tional High­ways in the Coun­try. The main­te­nance & re­pair of Na­tional High­ways is a con­tin­u­ous process the Na­tional High­ways in the North­East­ern Re­gion are kept in traf­fic wor­thy con­di­tion from time to time within the avail­able re­sources. The to­tal amount of funds al­lo­cated and ex­pen­di­ture in­curred on the re­pair and main­te­nance of NHs in the North East­ern Re­gion dur­ing the last three years and the cur­rent year is Rs.979.92 Crore and Rs.612.61 Crore re­spec­tively. This in­for­ma­tion was given by the Min­is­ter of State for Road Trans­port and High­ways Shri Pon. Rad­hakr­ish­nan in writ­ten re­ply to a ques­tion in Lok Sabha to­day.

Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways and Ship­ping

Min­is­ter of State for Road Trans­port and High­ways Shri Pon. Rad­hakr­ish­nan

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