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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government will soon implement the National Road Safety Policy and cashless treatment for road accident victims.

“The statistics on road accidents in our country are shocking. There is an accident every minute. And due to road accidents there is a death every four minutes,” he said in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address.

In view of this, the government would soon introduce a Road Transport and Safety Bill in parliament and work to implement the National Road Safety Policy and a Road Safety Action Plan, he said.

The government wants to introduce cashless treatment for accident victims, he added.

Accordingly, in cities like Gurgaon, Jaipur, Vadodara, Mumbai and Ranchi among others, cashless treatment facility would be initiated for road accident victims for the first 50 hours after a mishap, Modi said.

He said there would be a nation-wide toll free number 1033 to provide information on accidents across the country.

Young people aged between 15 and 25 years lose their lives in nearly one-third of all road accidents, Modi said, adding that parents should raise awareness among children about road safety.

(IANS)

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Modi Inaugurates Patna Metro Rail Project Through Video Conferencing

The Patna Metro Rail project will cost about Rs 13,365.77 crore. It comprises two corridors of a total length 31.39 km.

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Modi also opened the city's gas distribution at Patna and the Patna River Front Development's first phase. Pixabay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation of the much-awaited Patna Metro Rail through video conferencing from Begusarai in Bihar.

Modi also opened the city’s gas distribution at Patna and the Patna River Front Development’s first phase.

The Prime Minister then launched the expansion work of Barauni’s oil refinery which would be increased to 9 million tonnes and other projects estimated to cost Rs 33,000 crore.

The Patna Metro Rail project will cost about Rs 13,365.77 crore. It comprises two corridors of a total length 31.39 km.

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The project is expected to be completed in five years from the date of commencement. Wikimedia

In the first phase, a 33.1-km-long track having two corridors — east-west and north-south — will come up in Patna.

The west-east corridor would run between Danapur and Patna railway station via Dakbungalow Square while the south-north corridor would run between the Inter-State Bus Terminal and Gandhi Maidan via Rajendra Nagar and Ashok Rajpath.

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The project is expected to be completed in five years from the date of commencement.

Earlier, Modi flew into Patna and was welcomed by Governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. All of them then took a helicopter to Begusarai, 130 km from Patna. (IANS)