Safety audits have been mandated at all stages of road development to reduce accidents, said Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari on Monday.
While inaugurating virtual Symposium on Vehicle Crash Safety, Gadkari said India and other developing countries are witnessing a very high rate of road accidents.
Around 1.5 lakh people are killed in road accidents every year which is even higher than the Covid deaths.
The Minister said that his vision is to achieve 50 per cent reduction in road accident deaths and zero accidents and deaths by 2030.
As per PIB report, Gadkari said about 60 per cent deaths are of two wheeler riders. He said protection and safety of motorcycle traffic is the need of the hour.
“In the global scenario vehicle engineering technology has matured to a great extent and all road engineering measures will improve chances of fatal vehicle crash atleast during the accident event,” said Gadkari while stressing on the importance of training of drivers and establishment of advanced Training Institutes and centres.
Gadkari said it was his moral responsibility to make good roads and improve road infrastructure. He said cooperation ,communication and coordination among all stakeholders is essential to create awareness and achieve our goals .