Governor Reviews Road Safety Issues: Directs immediate establishment of Empowered Task Force

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 18: Governor N.N. Vohra reviewed all issues relating to Road Safety in a meeting held at Civil Secretariat today. The meeting was attended, among others, by Shri Parvez Dewan, Advisor to the Governor, Chief Secretary,  Financial Commissioner, Planning & Development, Home Secretary,  besides Administrative Secretaries of Housing & Urban Development, Public Works (R&B), Finance, Transport and Health & Medical Education, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and  Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir (through video conferencing), Transport Commissioner, IGP Traffic, Chief Engineers of Border Road Organization.

The Governor expressed serious concern that, on an average, there are over 6000 road accidents in J&K which result in around 1000 innocent persons being killed, which is almost double the national average, and 8000 getting injured every year.

The Governor recalled the high level meeting held by him on 14th February, 2015  and regretted that the decisions taken had not been progressed in the past one year. He reiterated his directions to carry out improvements in the road architecture, duly vetted by the Design Directorate, based on the Safety Audit carried out for the identification of “black spots”. The Governor directed that every concerned agency should strictly enforce and sternly deal with all cases of overloading and other traffic violations to ensure that no unfit vehicle is allowed to ply on the road under any circumstances. Side by side no unqualified and untested person should be allowed to drive any personal, transport or commercial vehicle.

To enable speedy decisions the Governor directed that an Empowered Task Force chaired by the Chief Secretary and comprising DGP, Administrative Secretaries of Home, Finance, Housing & Urban Development, Public Works (R&B), Transport and Health & Medical Education; Divisional Commissioners, Jammu and Kashmir; IGP Traffic and Transport Commissioner should be set up by 23rdFebruary 2016, to take all required decisions for dealing with the enforcement of every element of Road Safety. This Task Force will meet atleast once every month and take appropriate decisions in regard to all issues. The Governor asked the Chief Secretary to finalize the Road Safety Action Plan within 20 days and identify every matter which requires Executive or Legislative approval, which must be accorded by 15thMarch, 2016. The Home and Transport Administrative Secretaries shall secure clearance of Finance and Law Departments to all pending matters to ensure that the traffic management framework becomes fully operational by 20th March, 2016.

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