New Delhi, Feb 4: Inaugurating the National Road Safety Week, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari on Monday said Rs 11,000 crore have been earmarked for five years to repair, fix accidental spots on roads and "we will make all the National Highways accident-free."
Addressing the gathering after launching the week in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, Mr Gadkari here said, 'Five lakh accidents take place in our country every year, in which three lakh people lose their limbs, and around 1.5 lakh people die.'
'It is the duty of all of us to save lives of such people. We will cover all the accidental spots across the nation,' he asserted.
A car rally was also flagged off on the occasion to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by Mr Gadkari.
The rally will pass through Sabarmati, Porbandar, Dandi, Yerwada, Sewagram, Jabalpur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Chauri Chaura, Champaran, Santiniketan and Kolkata in India before travelling to Dhaka in Bangladesh. It will conclude at Yangon in Myanmar on February 24.
It will travel through places historically associated with Gandhiji, both in India, as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar. It will connect the places of significance in Gandhiji’s life, and simultaneously take up advocacy on Road Safety concerns.
It will cover around 7,250 km to reach Yangon. This is part of the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi in India and across the globe, initiated by the Union Government on October 2 last year.
The Union Home Minister called upon all stakeholders to play an important role in ensuring road safety and said, 'there is a need of providing proper training to drivers before they are issued a valid driving licence.'
Various programmes are being lined up for the week, including seminars and workshops on Emerging Trends in Safety, Road Safety Engineering, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Emergency care (Protection of Good Samaritan & First Responder Training), Role of Youth, and Industry/ Corporate Conclave on Role of Corporate in Road Safety.
These will be attended by representatives of OEMs, ACMA, test agencies, road engineers, auditors and road construction companies, corporates, NGOs, insurance companies, medical staff, and college students. School Bus Driver Refresher Training session will also be held at IDTR, Sarai Kale Khan, where bus drivers from private schools will be imparted training on road safety.(UNI)