GANDERBAL: The District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Piyush Singla on Thursday held a meeting with members of Road Safety Committee and district officers for formulation and implementation of Road Safety Action Plan to make travelling on roads safe and secure in the district.
“The meeting reviewed the prevailing scenario of road safety and steps being taken by concerned authorities to create awareness among masses to reduce road accidents and promote safe driving. Several decisions for achieving the goal of safe and secure roads were also taken during the meeting,” an official statement said.
Various points were discussed in order to ensure that no life is lost or no untoward incidences occur on roads. Measures to evade traffic congestion points like schools, market areas etc were discussed. Singal gave on spot instructions to concerned line departments.
Singla stressed for immediate action for improving identified black spots, installation of signages, painting of roads at appropriate spots, generation of awareness for making the roads in the district safer. In order to restrict speeding vehicles near schools and hospitals, he directed to identify the spots where speed breakers are required for the safety of school going children and visitors visiting hospitals.
He also directed the police authorities and traffic officials to regularly check overloading in the buses across the district and to take strict action against the violators in order to avoid road accidents.
He further directed ARTO to organize road safety awareness programme in collaboration with the Education Department to aware general public and students in schools regarding traffic norms and road safety measures.
Police and municipal committee authorities were instructed to remove vendors from roadsides and footpaths particularly in congested market Places. He further directed the EO Municipality to make regular drives to remove the encroachments on the roads, which is an import factor of road accidents in the district.
In the meeting, it was decided that Mini Bus owners will immediately remove ladders from buses in weeks’ time in order to prevent passengers from travelling onto the rooftops of buses.
PMGSY and BRO authorities were also directed to install proper signage boards on all the major roads in the district with a clear indication of the speed limit in vulnerable areas.
ASP Ganderbal, CPO Ganderbal, ExEn R&B, ExEn PMGSY, ARTO Ganderbal, EO Municipal Committee Ganderbal, Officer Commanding, Beacon, DySP Traffic Ganderbal, among other concerned officers also attended the meeting.