DC reviews traffic regulation mechanism

Deputy Commissioner, Kathua Ramesh Kumar today chaired a meeting of District Road Safety Committee to review traffic regulation and response mechanism in the district.
At the outset RTO Kathua Amarjeet Singh who is the member secretary of the committee apprised the meeting that there are 65692 vehicles registered in the district of which 5320 vehicles were added this year. Besides, being located on the National Highway about 3000 vehicles also enter the district daily on an average from outside the state, he informed.
Giving details of deaths and injuries in road mishaps in the district during current year, he said an amount of Rs 7.82 lakh has so far been sanctioned and disbursed out of the Passenger Welfare Fund to those killed/injured in the accidents.
He also apprised that 25 driving license have been suspended this year for over speeding and overloading by Regional Transport Authority Kathua.
DC Kathua reviewed the action taken on the decisions of the last meeting and asked the concerned to adopt a multi-pronged strategy for road safety awareness enforcement, engineering and emergency care to improve safety on roads as recommended by The National Road Safety Policy 2010 and directions of Supreme Court of India. Deputy Commissioner directed the Motor Vehicle Department and the Traffic Police to organise road safety awareness programmes in collaboration with the Education, Health and other departments to sensitize the youth and professional drivers of passenger service vehicles about road safety rules.
The DC directed the RTO, Traffic department and the Local Police to check the overloading in passenger vehicles particularly during the peak hours. He directed National Highway Authority of India to ensure Highway Patrol, provision of crane, signboards, blinkers and signboards specifically for identified block spots (accident prone areas) and cleaning of bushes/vegetation on national highway. He further directed for immediate repair of the potholes and damaged dividers on the National Highway which could be a cause of accidents.
He also directed the NHAI to remove the encroachments from the pedestrian pathways and service roads with the assistance of concerned area Magistrates and SHOs and install hoardings displaying speed limit and emergency numbers along the Highway.
CMO Kathua was also directed to maintain ambulances in ready mode in all the locations/blocks to meet any emergency and augment the blood bank facility in coordination with the Red Cross Society.

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