June 22, 2016
Uttar Pradesh has already become the first state of India to introduce a Road Safety Policy. The policy talks of strict penalties the moment someone breaks traffic rules and regulations. The Government of Uttar Pradesh is highly concerned about road safety and this time it has announced its commitment to make serious efforts to bring reduction in road accidents.
In order to achieve this, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has recently launched the road safety website www.uproadsafetycell.org in a recent meeting of UP State Road Safety Council in the state capital. He has also declared that the Agra-Lucknow access controlled expressway would be the first liquor shop-free expressway in India.
The main objectives of bringing road safety in the state are:
- Awareness about Road Safety
- Strengthening Institutional Arrangements
- Establish Road Safety Information Database
- Ensure Safe Road infrastructure
- Safer Vehicles and Safe Drivers
- Road Safety Education and Training
- Enforcement of Traffic Laws
- Emergency Medical Assistance to Road Accident Victims
Intelligent Traffic Management System
The Intelligent Traffic Management System has already been implemented in Noida and has been awarded the ‘Best Practice Project in Urban Transport-2015’ by the Union ministry of urban development. ITMS in Noida has been managed by an Austrian agency, with high capacity cameras and a control room with facility to challan motorists for speeding. According to reports ITMS has brought down the number of road accidents by 25 percent. Now the system is ready to come up in Lucknow.
Maintaining Speed Limits
Akhilesh Yadav has directed transport department to fix the speed limit to 100km per hour on expressways and highways. Heavy penalties would be imposed on those exceeding the speed limit.
Uttar Hamara feels that the move made by the UP government is worth appreciation and hopes that the system will be implemented in its true spirit; sparing no one – be it a bureaucrat or a politician or a common man or woman.