5 solutions from MoRTH for safer Indian roads

by Ujal Nair 08 Mar 2018

Nitin Gadkari

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has announced five initiatives in its endeavour for a better and a safer road infrastructure in India.

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari made a slew of announcements in press conferences in the past few days. Of these, the mobile app and the launch of the toll-free number 1033 were the prominent revelations.

Apart from a circular released by NHAI chairman, Deepak Kumar, directing regional officers/ project directors for strict monitoring of highways in the country, MoRTH has listed 5 solutions.

District Driving Training Centres
- To inculcate a habit of road safety with stress on behaviours and attitudes.
- To come up in each district of State or UT.Financial assistance of 1 crore will be provided by the Ministry.
- Interested agencies are invited to invest the equal amount of the grant.
- Facilitating agencies need to provide infrastructural facilities like land, classrooms, simulator among others.
- Special focus will be given on HMV and LMV and for handling dangerous/ hazardous goods.

Sukhad Yatra Mobile Application 
- For entering road-quality related information.
- To report an accident on a highway.
- To obtain Real-time data related to-
- Waiting time at Plazas
- Points of Interest like Highway Nest/Nest Mini, Food Courts, Fuel Stations and more.
- It can also be used to purchase FASTag Tag.

Sukhad Yatra app. 

Toll-Free Number 1033 – For Emergency conditions on the Highway
- It is integrated with various ambulance and tow-away services along the road.
- It ensures rapid response time during an emergency.
- It has Multi-lingual support.
- It has location tracking feature for accurate and responsive complaint resolution.

Awards for Advocates of Road Safety
- NGOs/Co-operative Societies/Registered Trusts and similar entities are eligible for it.
- Cash prize range from 5 lakhs, 2 lakhs and 1 lakhs in each State or UT.

Multi-Modal Transport System for ‘million-plus’ cities
- Launch of public and shared transportation based on the electric powertrain.
- Allotment of Rs 105 crore per city with million plus population and special category states.
- Considers demand for incentives in implementing a combination of electric buses, electric four-wheeler passenger cars and electric three-wheelers.
- Ministry received 47 proposals from 44 cities across 21 states having a requirement of 3,144 E-buses, 2,430 E-Four wheeler Taxis and 21,545 E-Three wheeler Autos till November 30, 2017. No more proposals are being taken.
- 11 cities have been selected for funding include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Jammu and Guwahati.
- Up to Rs15 crore will be allotted for the charging infrastructure in each city.

Replying to a query in Rajya Sabha, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, said pilot projects have been initiated in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to implement Traffic Incident Emergency Management System (TIMS). Under this scheme, Incident Management Contractors at State/Regional office levels have been incorporated for providing ambulances, tow-away cranes and for highway surveillance vehicles. This is expected to further boost the already existent Incident Management Services, already provided by BOT and OMT highway concessionaires.


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