Raipur: Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain has directed the officials concerned to ensure all the government employees wear helmets and seat belts mandatorily while addressing the review meeting on road safety on Friday. He addressed the officials through virtual meetings at the Mantralaya. Jain suggested that the government employees of the state should motivate the common people by using helmets and seatbelts themselves.
The Chief Secretary has directed all the Collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of the state to review the causes of road accidents and take corrective measures.
Jain asked all the collectors and SPs to identify such junctions prone to accidents and take necessary measures to prevent accidents. He added that the people in rural areas should be made aware of the prevention of road accidents through ‘Chaupal’.
The Chief Secretary laid emphasis on awareness and training programmes on road safety at regular intervals in all the districts. The Chief Secretary also directed the Collectors and SPs to conduct a comparative study of the rules related to road safety with other states.
Under the PWD, National Highways and PMGSY, repairing of identified black spots, identification of new black spot and fixed protocol for repairing of black spot, the progress of repairing of black spot, preventive measures for road safety on different routes, facilities for vehicle drivers on new main routes, action for ensuring road design for road safety and road safety audit of main roads were discussed in detail in the meeting. Status of implementation of New Motor Vehicle Act under Transport Department, action against overload vehicles and other measures for road safety and prevention of road accidents were also discussed in detail in the meeting. Necessary instructions were given away for the condition of the trauma centre under the Health department and mapping of government and private ambulances.
Discussions were held on the preparation of materials related to traffic and its inclusion in textbooks so that students can be educated about road safety and traffic rules in schools, awareness programmes on road safety for students. The discussion was also held to take action to establish a standard system in school bus operation.
Jain also directed the officials to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines of the Supreme Court on Road Safety.
Additional Chief Secretary Subrat Kumar Sahoo, Secretary of Public Works Department Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Additional Transport Commissioner Dipanshu Kabra, Inter-departmental Leader Agency (Road Safety) Chairman Sanjay Sharma, collectors, SPs and other officers attended the meeting.