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DC Budgam, Anantnag chairs RTA, DRSC meet

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Budgam/Anantnag: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Budgam, S F Hamid and DC Anantnag Dr Basharat Qayoom chaired the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) cum District Road Safety Committee (DRSC) meeting on Saturday.
In Budgam, ARTO Budgam Manzoor Ahmad apprised the chair about the agenda wise details of the work of Road Safety Committee constituted in the district.
He informed that around Rs. 4 lac have been given as compensation to victims of road accidents in this financial year so far.
The DC stressed that all road safety measures be implemented in letter and spirit and directed the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to designate one Nodal officer for prompt data sharing of accident victims for accident fund release to injured or next of kin.
Similar directions were passed to the Revenue department to provide dependent certificates immediately after the death of the victim.
DC directed ARTO to formulate District Road Safety (DRS) policy.
The officers of R&B and other concerned were directed for installation of visible signages on the roads especially near blind spots, curves and schools to avoid accidents.
He directed for training of Drivers, residents of accident-prone areas for first response besides, sharing of schedule of awareness camps, trainings, and rallies in advance of a month so that there is good coordination of man and resources.
Traffic police was instructed to launch an aggressive campaign on implementation of relevant laws across the district and take strict action against the violators.
Directions were passed to the education department and ARTO for mass awareness through print and electronic media, Rallies on “Road Safety Drive” to be organised, Dos and Don’ts to be shared with the public on social media.
DC directed for implementation of “Good Samaritan policy” in the district in letter and spirit under ADC Budgam as Nodal officer. Besides CEO, CMO, Executive engineers of R&B, irrigation and DySP traffic Budgam, DIO, Executive officers of all municipal committees of Budgam were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, ARTO Anantnag briefed the DC about various road safety measures being taken in the district which include identification of black spots to prevent accidents, imposition of fine on violators and constitution of DRSC.
He also informed the chair about the agenda wise details of the work of the Road Safety Committee constituted in the district.
The DC Anantnag directed the engineering wing to take corrective action on identified black spots.
“Awareness activities must be taken up in schools and adjacent areas through already constituted road safety clubs and road safety signs must be erected near all educational institutions to ensure the safety of students,” he said.
He also directed the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Anantnag to share the location data of all institutions that fall on major roads with the Transport department, R&B and Urban Local Bodies for action in this matter.
The engineering wing informed the chair that black spots identified previously have been appropriately modified. They also apprised that signages have been erected throughout the district.
President, MC Anantnag, Er Hilal Shah also briefed the meeting regarding various measures taken for decongestion of Anantnag town.
He said that several parking spots have been identified in the town.
He also informed that beautification and layout changes have been made in the general bus stand to reduce jams, besides a central verge was laid within the town to prevent erratic movement of vehicles.
The DC stressed on identification and positive interventions to reduce frequency of accidents in the district. He said that traffic, transport and health departments need to evolve an integrated plan to ensure that in case of an accident, all efforts must be made that medical help is provided to the victim within the golden hour.
The meeting was informed that 108 ambulance service and block based response teams are already constituted. The DC directed the CMO to share data on response time in all accidents that occurred last year.
The DC Anantnag directed ARTO and DSP traffic Anantnag to start a drive against roadside parkings and said that adequate parking facilities have been made available in the district.
“Penalties must be imposed on violators,” he said.
He also issued directions to the CEO to inspect private schools and their transportation facilities.
“Fitness certificates of transportation vehicles of all such schools must be verified,” he said.
About the introduction of e- Rickshaws, the chair said that routes must be finalized on priority.
He said that shifting to less polluting sources of transport is environment friendly and reduces the burden on limited natural resources.
He said that e-Rickshaws also provide potential for employment of youth and are also more affordable means of transport.


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