CS chairs Road Safety Council meet

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Expressing concern over deaths and injuries due to road accidents, Chief Secretary, B R Sharma today underlined the urgency to move swiftly on the set of practices that would reduce road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was chairing the 3rd meeting of the J&K State Road Safety Council here today.

A detailed report was presented by Transport Commissioner J&K regarding the action taken by various departments with respect to improving the overall traffic management in the State and addressing safety concerns of vulnerable road users, an official spokesman said.

The Chief Secretary reiterated that road safety awareness programmes must be made a continuous process and conducted throughout the year. He also asked the Health department to provide Trauma Centre facilities in district hospitals so as to cover all accident prone areas.

The Council was informed that State Road Safety Policy has been approved and the same has been placed in public domain for suggestions besides a proposal for creation of J&K Road safety Fund, proposal regarding enhancement of penalty/ taxes and fees and a proposal of re-organisation of the Motor Vehicles Department have been prepared and submitted to the administrative department.

The Council also reviewed the action taken with respect to road accident data management, re-orienting the design Directorate of R&B department, erecting of crash barriers along highways especially accident prone areas, enforcement of Ribbon Development Act, Motor Vehicle Act, removal of encroachment along footpaths, setting up of intelligent traffic system in cities etc.

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