Punjab Transport Minister recommends CCTV cameras to reduce road accidents, among other steps


Punjab Transport Minister S. Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Wednesday, announced that CCTV cameras would be installed in the state of Punjab to reduce death rate in road accidents.

Instructing Principal Secretary Transport Vikas Garg to immediately prepare draft for the camera installation project during maiden meeting to review the situations of the Road Safety Traffic Management and Road safety at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh, the Transport Minister said, “the Punjab Government was deeply concerned over the untimely deaths in road accidents in the state. It is high time to enforce traffic rules complying with the recommendations of the Supreme Court Committee.”

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Chairing the meeting of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, S. Bhullar asked the officials to take strict measure to reduce fatality of road accidents by 50% adopting various measures such as preparing, verifying and issuing of driving licenses through Automated Driving Test Stations and also checking of issue of Heavy Driving Licenses to the drivers of passenger transport and goods transport vehicles.

It was also decided to strengthen the passing system of the vehicles because the bad condition of vehicles is also cause for number of accidents in the state. The other measures which require urgent attention of the government is to make the Trauma Care Centers (Level-II) operational in Khanna, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Ferozepur and Fazilka, besides creating Trauma Care Centres Facilities at all district hospitals and all government colleges and AIIMS Bhatinda.

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As a part of removal of accidental black spots identified during the last 2-3 years, the Minister asked officials of all the road owning departments such as NHAI, PWD (B&R), Local Government and Punjab Mandi Board to rectify 792 such spots on National Highways, State Highways, Municipal Corporation Road and other major roads.