SRINAGAR: The state government on Friday directed the task force on road safety to finalise the formal definition of ‘Black Spots’ on the roads in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a partial modification to its order on September 15 last year, the government asked the task force to come up with the formal definition, as the definition evolved by the chief engineer, listing the reasons for likely accidents, does not provide objective criteria for declaring a spot as Black Spot.
The task force has been also asked to draw up a protocol—an annual calendar or time table for identification of Black Spots, their rectification and monitoring to check the efficacy of rectification action taken.
“The calendar should prescribe a timetable for instituting the exercise(s) for identification of Black Spots; identification of specific cause(s) responsible for frequent accidents at a particular Black Spot; finding solution(s) for the spot) estimation of expenditure, allocation of funds, estimation of expenditure, allocation of funds, etc,” reads a government order.
The calendar or timetable should allocate specific responsibilities to the designated authorities and be drawn on time, it added.
When the task force was formed last year, its terms of reference were to draw up a protocol for identification of black spots on a continuing basis, their removal and further monitoring to see the effectiveness of the action. It was also tasked to allocate required resources, set priorities amongst the roads and resolve inter-departmental issues at the State level.
The members of the task force include IGP Traffic (J&K), Chief eng-ineers (R&B Jammu, Kashmir, Project Beacon, project Sampark, Vijayak, Himmank), Director National Highway Authority of India, Additional Secretary (technical) –Superintending engineer road safety council.