Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for a dedicated Road Safety Cell in Delhi PWD, that would focus upon incorporating engineering features to enhance safety on roads, especially at identified black spots . This comes in context of a report prepared by the India Chapter of International Road Federation in which they have proposed certain simple engineering and traffic management improvements at moderate investments at ten major black spots in Delhi. These black spots include Sarai Kale Khan, Mori Gate, Nigam Bodh Ghat, Mukhandpur Chowk, Dr Bhabha Marg Crossing, Punjabi Bagh Chowk, ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Mahipalpur Flyover, Shani Mandir and Shahdara flyover. These spots have together recorded 245 accidents last year, in which 203 persons were injured while 84 lost their lives. In its report IRF has suggested features like footpaths, traffic islands, channelization of traffic, signalization and provision of road signs & pavement markings to make these spots safer for traffic.
In a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Shri Gadkari has urged him to get the report of IRF examined and send relevant proposals to the Road Transport & highways Ministry for financing. He has further mentioned that the Ministry will soon launch a national initiative to remove black spots and proposals from Delhi can be accommodated therein.
It may be reiterated that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is committed to reducing fatalities due to road accidents to 50 percent by 2020 and has taken many steps to improve safety on Indian roads. As part of the efforts, 789 black spots have been identified across the country which recorded repeated accidents/fatalities and steps are being taken to rectify engineering defects at such spots at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore. Road safety has been made an integral part of road designing, and state governments have been asked to have dedicated Road Safety Cells in their respective Public Works Departments.