SRINAGAR: A series of awareness programmes about the road safety measures and traffic rules were on Monday held across all the districts of Kashmir division as part of 30th road safety week, organized by Motor Vehicle Department with this year’s theme as Sadak Suraksha Jeewan Raksha.
At Srinagar emphasizing on massive awareness among people about the road safety measures and traffic rules, Regional Transport Officer Kashmir, Akram-ullahTak stressed for celebrating 30th Road Safety Week to ensure greater participation of general people to accomplish the mission.
The Regional Transport Officer Kashmir flagged-off an awareness rally from Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), Rajbagh in presence of SSP Traffic City, Tahir Gilani, General Manager SRTC (Operations) Farhat Jan, General Manager SRTC (Mechanics) Mushtaq A Chanda and Deputy Director Garages, Malik Tahir.
The 30th Road Safety Awareness Week themed that began today comprises of host of awareness functions by way of distribution of pamphlets, awareness for overloading and overcrowding, use of seat belt and helmets, reflective tape and under safety protective devices, wrong side driving and lane driving, traffic signal jumping and using of mobile phones while driving, seminar and workshop for vehicle fitness.
The Road Safety Week would also be observed by organizing awareness activities like Rallies, Symposium, Painting Competition of school and college students, Health check-up cum awareness camp of drivers and passenger service vehicles, awareness of motorists at crossings by volunteers and wide publicity through print and electronic media.
On the occasion RTO Kashmir said, Traffic Department and Civil administration will be working in sync with Motor Vehicles Department, to make the Road Safety Week a success in terms of awareness regarding traffic rules especially use of seat belts and helmets besides discouraging use of mobile phones while driving among masses to minimize road accidents and violations.
30th Road Safety Awareness Week that began today is set to culminate on 10th February 2019.
At Pulwama Deputy Commissioner Pulwama G.M Dar today flagged off a rally in connection with 30th Road Safety Week celebrations at General Bus stand Drussu Pulwama.
SSP Pulwama, Chief Medical Officer, ARTO, Executive Officer Municipal Committee, besides staff of ARTO Office were present on the occasion.
The rally was organized by the ARTO Pulwama under the aegis of Motor Vehicles Department in which a number of sumo vehicle drivers participated. The rally passed through various routes including Main Bazar, Circular Road, Tahab road and other adjacent areas.
Speaking on the occasion, DDC said that the aim of rally is to spread awareness among the people regarding traffic rules and regulations. He said wearing helmet, using seat belt, exercising restraint in speed limit, avoiding use of mobile phones may reduce the road accidents drastically. He urged for a movement against rash driving and irrational use of high beam lights during nights.
At Kulgam to stimulate Community involvement in promoting road safety awareness and to disseminate information about traffic rules Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani flagged- off a Tata maximoo Passenger auto rally from Mini Secretariat with an aim to create awareness among masses. In this rally, around 30 tata Maximoo from different parts of the district participated.
While speaking on the occasion DDC emphasized on the importance of road safety and need to disseminate the information about safety among the public and motor vehicle users especially youth. He stressed upon the department to continue the activities on sustain aible basis throughout the year so that the message becomes truly effective. He also appealed the people to follow traffic rules to avoid traffic mess in the town.
At Ganderbal to make people more aware of the traffic rules and to persuade them to follow rules while on road, a colourful rally was flagged off by the District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Dr. Piyush Singla from Mini-Secretariat Ganderbal to Nagbal with an aim to sensitize people about the importance of following traffic rules to prevent road accidents in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, District Development Commissioner said that during the week-long programme, people will be encouraged about how to drive on road by organizing variety of programmes related to the road safety.
ADDC Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, SSP Ganderbal, Khalil Poswal, ARTO Ganderbal, Sheikh Manzoor, DSP Traffic Ganderbal, Faheem Ali and other officials from district administration were present on the occasion.
At Shopian an awareness programme was inaugurated by Additional District Development Commissioner Shopian Muhammad Saleem Malik today at mini secretariat Arhama Shopian in which drivers and general public participated. On the occasion, Additional District Development Commissioner and other speakers threw light on the key issues of safe driving. Safety stickers, pamphlets and other print material relating to better roads and the safe journey was also distributed.
He asked the people to drive on the roads safety with wearing helmets while riding two wheelers and also wear their seat belts while driving the cars or any other vehicles.
Later, a rally of maxi cabs was flagged-off by ADDC and ARTO Shopian which went through the main market Shopian spreading the message “Sadak Suraksha- Jeevan Raksha”.
Among others ADC, ACR, DY Superintendent of Police, ARTO, Officials of MVD, Drivers and other concerned were present on the occasion.
At Bandipora, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary inaugurated the Road Safety Week by flagging off a walkathon from Mini-Secretariat Bandipora to the town square Bandipora.
During the week the Motor Vehicles Department aims to create awareness among the people about Road Safety and the importance of following the road safety rules.
The students were carrying placards with different slogans appealing people to follow road safety rules to avoid accidents.
On the occasion, Dr Choudhary said the aim of celebrating the week is to sensitize the people especially the drivers about road safety so that people drive sensibly on roads and follow traffic norms so that accidents are minimized.
ARTO Bandipora Moazam Ali said that department is organizing several activities during the week including awareness camps, medical camps for drivers, awareness rallies, Painting and slogan making competition and walkathons through which the people will be sensitized about the road safety.
Later, the Department organised a medical check-up camp for drivers at New Light Sumo Stand Bandipora wherein the doctors conducted medical checkup of drivers.
At Anantnag In order to sensitize the general public, particularly the drivers regarding the importance of traffic rules for safe driving and ensure mass involvement, a grand function was organised by Motor Vehicle Department in collaboration with Traffic Police Anantnag at DakBunglow Anantnag.