Under the chairmanship of State Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, a meeting of the fund management committee constituted in relation to road safety was organized. Many important proposals were approved in the meeting. The Chief Secretary said that a week-long campaign would be launched by the PWD department along with road construction agencies. During the campaign, prepare a report after verifying the signages on the roads, traffic combing measures, lane marking, zebra crossing, and the speed limit on the spot, on the basis of which action should be taken for improvement. Make a regulation policy for the operation of illegal dhabas on the roadside.
He said that arrangements should be made for zebra crossings, traffic signal boards, and lighting on the roads in the municipal bodies. In order to reduce road accidents, the work of improvement of identified black spots and narrow bridges that can be repaired or reconstructed should be expedited in all the districts.
Spread awareness about traffic rules - Durga Shankar Mishra
Durga Shankar Mishra said that people should be made aware of traffic rules through various media like newspapers, social media, and radio channels. Apart from this, create awareness through posters, essays, speeches, rangolis, digital collages, and quizzes in all educational institutions of the state under the quarterly road safety week. The help of voluntary organizations like NCC Cadets, NSS, Scout Guides, Ranger Rovers, etc. can also be taken to create awareness about traffic rules.
In the meeting, approval was accorded to the proposal to install retroreflective tapes in 10,000 UPSRTC buses and outdoor LED screens in 12 publicity vans. Apart from this, for effective enforcement of drunken driving, approval was granted on the proposal to purchase breath analyzers per team for 116 enforcement teams and 02 interceptor breath analyzers and speed laser guns per division in 19 divisions.
Reflective signage board for the promotion of traffic rules in the districts
Apart from this, for the year 2022-23, 8 crores 50 lakh rupees for the purchase of breath analyzer with printer, smartphone, barrier iron, folding barrier iron, fluorescent safety jacket, solar delineator, raincoat, helmet, mask, spring post for the Directorate of Traffic. The proposal was approved. Apart from this, 2 crores for training and propagation of traffic rules, reflective signage boards for the propagation of traffic rules in districts, provision of the internet in mobiles, AMAC of traffic equipment, paper, cartage, and others for the operation of the e-challan system. The proposal of Rs 50 lakh was approved.
Principal Secretary Transport L Venkateshwar Lu, Principal Secretary Medical and Health Partha Sarathi Sen Sharma, ADG Traffic and Road Safety Anupam Kulshrestha, Secretary Public Works Ajay Chauhan, and senior officials of the concerned departments were present in the meeting.