Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to provide funds to District Road Safety Committees (DRSCs) to carry out various initiatives for the reduction of road accidents in the State.
Usha Padhee, Principal Secretary of Commerce & Transport Department, wrote to all Collectors and SPs/ DCPs in this regard.
“As reported by the CID & Crime Branch, Odisha during the year 2022, 5467 persons were killed in road accidents at a growth of 7.6% compared to 2021. The situation has further worsened during the months of January and February, 2023. There is growth in fatalities by 24.91% compared to the months of January and February of the year 2022. It is observed that, there is growth in fatalities by more than 50% in the districts like Deogarh, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Khurda, Malkangiri and Nuapada,” the letter stated.
“All the districts are being impressed upon from time to time to initiate Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Emergency Care measures for reduction of road accidents and fatalities in the districts. Also, all districts have been requested to hold the meeting of the District Road Safety Committees (DRSC) once in every month to review the road safety scenario,” it said.
“In view of the importance of the issue, it has been decided to provide funds to the DRSCs for taking up various road safety activities. Small interventions like painting of medians, pasting of reflective tapes, conducting awareness programmes, installing CC Cameras for deterrence etc. may have significant effect in improving road safety in the districts. These initiatives become important for the districts having major SHS, NHS, Urban Centres etc. It has been proposed to provide funds to the DRSCs to take up initiatives for reduction of accidents and fatalities,” the letter added.