India stands committed to reducing road accidents by 50 percent by 2020, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari said.
He is seeking Indian corporate sectors co-operation in inculcating a culture on road safety in society and take up road safety as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
“Indian corporate sector should encourage its members to adopt safe driving practices to minimize road accidents. The corporate sector should conduct the medical examination and eyesight tests of commercial vehicles entering their premises or transporting goods,” said Gadkari.
He was speaking at a “Conclave with corporate on Road Safety” organized by MoRTH in partnership with International Road Federation (IRF), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Assocham as part of ongoing Road Safety Week.
"We seek help from India Inc as India is committed to reducing fatal road accidents by 50 percent by the end of 2020 as the country is a signatory to UN Decade of Action. We urge the Indian Inc to teach their employees and their families imbibe a culture on road safety and use their logistics and carriers to propagate the message of road safety. Thirdly, to make a certain commitment from their CSR spends on projects of road safety advocacy,” Gadkari said.
“As part of the plan to reduce fatalities, the transport ministry has undertaken number of initiatives, including a project to rectify black spots, improving road engineering, use of innovative technology to reduce accidents, removal of encroachments on highways, removal of trees obstructing roads, rectifying defective speed breakers making airbags mandatory in economy cars, and use of safety bars on sides of trucks,” said Gadkari.