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April 27, 2018
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Cabinet panel to recommend bill on road safetyAbout 7,000 lives are lost in accidents every year in State

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Road Safety has decided to recommend to State Government to bring a bill for making a legislation on road safety and for constitution of a full-fled State Road Safety Authority headed by a DGP-rank official and members from other departments concerned.

Chaired by Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao, the committee met here on Monday and discussed various issues related to road safety in detail. The team of officials that visited Kerala to study the road safety measures initiated by that State Government submitted their report to the Cabinet panel and also explained how Kerala Government is implementing the act on road safety.

The team of officials also explained to the Cabinet committee comprising Ministers K.T. Rama Rao (Urban Development and IT), P. Mahender Reddy (Transport) and A. Indrakaran Reddy (Law) that the Kerala Government had set up a road safety fund and was using simulators on a large scale for training in vehicle driving.

The meeting was also attended by Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary (R&B) Sunil Sharma, DG of Railway Police Krishna Prasad, Engineers-in-Chief (NH) I. Ganapathi Reddy and P. Ravinder Rao (R&B), officials from National Highway Authority of India, JNTU and Transport Department.

According to officials, the meeting discussed the action plan for taking up an awareness drive for vehicle drivers, preparing plans to prevent accidents after identifying black spots and including road safety in school curriculum. Stating that about 7,000 precious lives were being lost every year in the State, Mr. Nageswara Rao said the Cabinet Sub-Committee would submit its report to Chief Minister soon. Although Telangana was in ahead of other States in the country in the matter of road safety and preventive measures against accidents, the Minister added that there still is huge scope for improvement compared to the world standards.