The Minister of Road
Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that his
Ministry would give a grant of upto Rs 2 lakh to NGOs to take up road
safety activities. Addressing the national meet of NGOs working on road
safety issues in New Delhi today, Shri Gadkari said that citizen
participation is most essential for making roads safe. He exhorted NGOs
to create awareness about traffic rules and other road safety issues
among the general public . He also called upon them to help the local
MPs in identifying accident black spots in their constituencies and take
steps to rectify them.
About 170 NGOs from all over the country met in the capital today to
deliberate upon various aspects and issues relating to road safety.
There was a brief presentation on the occasion to highlight the rather
grim road safety scenario in the country. There were presentations and
discussions on various engineering solutions to road safety and the
initiatives being taken in this direction, motor vehicle engineering to
ensure safety on roads and also effective trauma care. The role of NGOs
in spreading public awareness about road safety issues and their
participation in other road safety activities was also discussed in
detail. The NGOs then shared their field experiences and suggestions
with the forum.
The meet was part of the ongoing activities to mark the 28th Road Safety
Week being observed by the Ministry from 9th to 15th January 2017, with
the objective of spreading awareness about the issue.