Deaths due to road accidents have reduced appreciably in Sambalpur and it is below the stipulated target of Supreme Court of India, informed RTO of Sambalpur Lalit Mohan Behera during the Road Safety Committee meeting here where PD DRDA of Sambalpur, Sukant Kumar Tripathy presided.
“Number of deaths due to road accident in the year 2018 was 235. But it was 203 in 2019,” informed RTO Behera. “The Supreme Court gave the entire country a direction to reduce the accidental death rate at least by 10 per cent. But here in Sambalpur we have achieved more than 15 per cent and we are in efforts to decrease number of deaths further,” Behera added.
PD DRDA Tripathy asked the RTO, MVI, heads of the engineering departments and all the members present for implementation of all proposals taken in the meeting so that it could yield good results and save valuable lives. He also narrated the vulnerable points in the district showing some photographs where little precautions could avert accidents from rural to urban area.
It was further decided to sensitise the school and college students to obey traffic rules. Traffic symbols must be painted in each school boundary that can better guide small boys and girls including public, suggested Tripahty. He asked the District Education Officer (DEO) Meena Rani Mangal to ensure all schools to have such wall paintings.
Construction of FOBs (foot over bridges) in front of every school facing main road, under bridges in places where it is necessary including in front of the new RTO office at Naxapali, filling of the washed away portion near a bridge to Birsinghgarh, cutting old trees on road sides and many other proposals were taken. It was further discussed to improve the U trun at Bhalupali on SH 10, and the rumbles at Sarla on NH 53 to prevent accidents as they have been almost proved accident-prone zones.
All the members present also came up with specific suggestions to prevent accident and thereby save valuable lives. The members stressed on the need for fixing speed limit boards inside town, and SH and NH to curb speed driving.