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Brasilia: Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said Indian government was committed to improving safety, efficiency and sustainability in the transport sector.

This approach is even more relevant in India as the problem of safety is also a problem of social equity,

Speaking at the global conference on traffic safety in Brasilia, Gadkari said India fully endorsed the Safe System Approach which is being advocated by the United Nations.

He said the road transport sector has played a key role in driving the rising Indian economy during the last few decades and major efforts are being made towards modernizing the country’s road infrastructure spread over 5 million km.

However, with over 200 million vehicles on our roads and vehicle registration witnessing a rapid increase at the rate of 10 percent annually, our country is faced with serious impacts on road safety levels,

The minister said he has asked the government for complete replacement of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 to encompass comprehensive promotion of road safety as well as the promotion of the development of an efficient, seamless and integrated multi-mode public transport system.

 

We are working towards making road safety a social movement. Issues related to road safety have also been included in the school curriculum.

India is collaborating with International Road Federation, WHO and World Bank who are assisting the country by way of strengthening the capabilities of various institutions, enhancing awareness, improving engineering designs for safer roads, improved trauma care and host of related activities.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Delhi Police Organise Fun Carnival at Select City Walk Mall to Promote Road Safety

It's estimated that 1,657 fatal road accidents took place in the city last year due to violation of road safety rules

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Amarendra Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, "On behalf of the Delhi Traffic Police, we urge you to drive safely and abide by traffic rules." Wikimedia Commons

The Delhi Traffic Police organised a fun carnival on road safety at Select City Walk Mall in South Delhi on Saturday. The carnival featured quiz, games and street plays.

At carnival, an awareness campaign was also organised for drivers and pedestrians. The shoppers participated in the quiz and also in the painting competition on the theme of road safety.

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Amarendra Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, “On behalf of the Delhi Traffic Police, we urge you to drive safely and abide by traffic rules.” It’s estimated that 1,657 fatal road accidents took place in the city last year due to violation of road safety rules. (IANS)