Nitin Gadkari (PC: Social Media)
New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated Road Safety Month, where he highlighted the government’s commitment to safety. In his address, Gadkari said, so far, ‘We are looking at National Road Safety Week. But from today, we will observe National Road Safety Month. Seventy percent of deaths occur in the age group of 18-45 years. ‘
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Road Safety Month:
He said, “There is a need to save lives in India, where 415 people are dying every day due to road accidents.” Gadkari said that last year, the Government of India attended a conference in Sweden where by 2030 a resolution was decided on zero road accidents in India.
He further said that we had promised to reduce such fatal cases by 50 per cent. Tamil Nadu has shown this by having a success rate of 53 per cent. If we wait till 2030, 6-7 lakh more people will die. Therefore, we have made a commitment that before 2025, work will be done to reduce road accidents and deaths due to it by 50 percent.
He called for cooperation between government departments, non-governmental organizations and other organizations to spread awareness about road safety. He also mentioned that his ministry has increased the target of construction of roads. The Union Minister said, ‘We have achieved the target of constructing 30 km of road. I believe that by the end of March, we will achieve the target of constructing 40 km of roads per day. ‘
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister VK Singh and NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant were also present on the occasion.
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