GUWAHATI: Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, the chairman of the Supreme Court committee on road safety, reviewed the road safety measures in Assam in the presence of all stakeholders. He said that the state should set up a model of zero accident.
Justice Sapre asked road authorities like NHAI (National Highway Authority of India), state PWD, etc., to design roads to prevent accidents and take preventive measures to rectify the black spots (accident-prone spots). He also called for combined coordination and cooperation of all stakeholders and agencies to bring down the number of accidents to zero. "Assam should lead the nation and set up a model of zero accident," he said.
Justice Sapre appreciated the initiative taken by the state Transport Department for creating awareness through public appeals by the Chief Minister and Olympian Lovlina Borgohain through the mass media.
Justice Sapre assured guidance and support to the state authorities to prevent accidents and fatalities on the road.
Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua informed Justice Sapre that the State government has taken serious efforts to create awareness on road safety and has strictly enforced laws to prevent road accidents and fatalities.
He further said, "The number of accidents and fatalities this year till October being 6056 and 2446 respectively in the state. It is less than the previous year's 6593 and 2629 respectively. There have been around 80,000 offence cases till September 2021. The government cumulatively fined and collected Rs 30.31 crore against the cases," he said.