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Road accidents: Haryana to tighten laws in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Jul 9 (UNI) Haryana Government will soon make a law on the lines of Chandigarh to curb road accidents caused due to drunken driving.
Stating this while addressing a press conference after presiding over a meeting of the State Road Safety Council here on Tuesday, Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said that the vehicle of the person who drinks and drive could be seized under this law.
He said the government will also bring a long-term action plan to resolve the problem of overloading. It will also monitor the overloading issue through CCTV cameras on toll plazas and chalan will also be issued there.
The Minister said that about 10,000 to 11,000 road accidents takes place every year in Haryana, of which about 50 per cent of the people die. He said that as compared to the last 10 years, for the first time, there has been a decrease of three per cent in road accidents in the last six months, which has led to a decrease in death rate.
He said that time bound reports have been sought for road safety measures adopted by different departments. He said that about 1,650 black spots were identified in the state, of which more than 1,500 have been repaired. He said that 48 per cent cases related to black spots of the National Highways Authority of India, 24 per cent of Public Works (Building and Roads) Department, 22 per cent of Urban Local Bodies Department and 24 per cent of the Haryana State Marketing Board were pending.
He said that Haryana is one of the states where law has been enacted with the objective to promote road safety under which 50 per cent of the money received from the challans is deposited in the road safety fund.
Following Haryana, states like Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh have also taken initiative in this direction.
He said that at present, there are seven trauma centres in the state, which will be increased to 13. In this regard, three MoUs have been signed under which facilities of trauma centre will be provided in private hospitals and medical colleges.
Replying to a question regarding the bus fleet, Mr Panwar said that when the present state government was formed in 2014, the department had a fleet of 4,100 buses, which now stands at about 3,600. At present, about 33 lakh people are in need of transport facilities in the state, whereas the department is able to provide transportation facilities to only about 12.5 lakh people. The state government has added 600 buses to the fleet.
He said that the state government has taken a decision to start the per kilometer scheme for the benefit of the people, but the scheme did not got carried out due to differences in rates. He said that the government has now floated the tenders of 190 buses, for which the rate of Rs 21 to Rs 22 was received. Apart from this, the demand for 367 buses has been sent to the High Purchase Committee.
Earlier, presiding over the meeting of the State Road Safety Council here, Mr Panwar said that the government is very sensitive to issues related to overloading, as it not only keeps the fear of accidents, but also causes damage to the roads. He said that awareness campaign is being organised through seminars on road safety in the educational institutions with the help of police department and various NGOs.
Directing the officers of the Power Corporations and the Forests Department, he said that in case of roads of Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board and Public Works (Building and Roads) Department, the Power Corporations do not shift the poles even after depositing the money. Similarly, trees are not cut by the Forests Department. Therefore, these matters should be settled in a time bound manner.
He directed the Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of Police to convene a meeting of District Road Safety Council every month and the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police will personally review these meetings.
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